(WZZM) Grand Rapids, Mich- Early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer.
Actress Angelina Jolie announced she had a double mastectomy earlier this year after she found out she carried the BRCA1 breast cancer gene.
The presence of the BRCA1 gene gave Jolie an 86% chance of contacting it, but after the double mastectomy Jolie now has a less than five percent chance.
Genetic tests, such as the BRCA1 test, can be done here in West Michigan.
Genetic Counselor with the Lacks Cancer Center, Sarah Keilman, talks about what options women have. To see the complete interview with Sarah click the video link.
The Centers for Disease Control says mammograms are the best way to catch the disease.
A scan can detect cancer up to three years before a lump can be felt.
There are three different types of mammograms, screen-film, digital and a new 3-D image.