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Breast cancer awareness

One woman’s story of hard choices, harder realities

November 9, 2010
By CHRISTOPHER DIEM Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE - Bonnie Kilpela was only 14 when her mother died of breast cancer. Knowing the pain of losing her mother at such a young age and knowing she had a high risk of getting breast cancer herself due to family history, Kilpela made the difficult decision four years ago to undergo bilateral prophylactic mastectomies at Marquette General Hospital.



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