Family loosens cancer’s grip with genetic testing

Cancer has a grip on Beverly Thompson’s family.

Her brother was 5 when he died of leukemia; two kinds of cancer attacked her father: esophageal and multiple myeloma; her uncle had prostate cancer. A first cousin died of breast cancer. Another uncle also had breast cancer.

“It’s so crazy,” said Thompson, 57, of Clarkston. “They said there were some women in the family that died of what they thought was breast cancer years ago, but they didn’t know.”

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