Local woman opts for mastectomy to battle risk of breast cancer
By Kate Harrison, Chattanooga Times Free Press - bio
April Riddle had a preventative double mastectomy in 2008 and says she has never regretted the decision. Photo by Angela Lewis/Times Free Press
TRENTON, DADE COUNTY -
(Times Free Press) -- Doctors told her to take her time, to weigh the significance of her decision. Her body would never be the same.
But for April Riddle, the time was now. There was no decision. Life was more important than looks.
Riddle, of Trenton, GA, had already lost her husband to cancer. She had lost two friends to breast cancer before they reached 40, and two great aunts later in life. She had just found out that she had a gene defect that gave her an 84 percent risk of developing breast cancer herself.
So she opted for a preventive double mastectomy and a hysterectomy.