For a young woman to undergo a double mastectomy must be a great psychological hurdle. But as our Life feature today shows, Comber girl Christine Garrett knew it was an operation worth undergoing as it could be a lifesaver.
And the 29-year-old has shown even greater courage by going public with her story to encourage readers to support groundbreaking research into cancer being undertaken in Belfast.
The charity, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, is funding some of that research and are calling on women in particular to organise parties this month to top up the coffers.
As Christine's story shows, the disease can strike at any age. Great advances have been made in combating different types of cancer, but the fight for new cures, including genetic based ones, goes on.
It is a fight worth supporting.