GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Susan Ford Bales is carrying on a family tradition by promoting breast cancer awareness.
The Grand Rapids Press reports ( http://bit.ly/1hTzq1z ) that the daughter of former President Gerald R. Ford and first lady Betty Ford was in Grand Rapids this week discussing genetic testing for breast cancer. Her mother has been credited with changing attitudes toward breast cancer.
Bales says she had the genetic test done about a year ago after her mother's 2011 death. She wanted to see if she had inherited one of the gene mutations that carry an increased breast cancer risk.
She does not, which she says was a relief, even though she could still get breast cancer.
She advises people worried about the risks to discuss with a genetics counselor whether to be tested.
Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids