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Johnson County residents Tracy Williams, left, and Linda Leveridge both overcame their battles with breast cancer. STAFF PHOTO BY JOE SABA


Two genetic tests and a pair of negative results haven’t convinced a mother and daughter breast cancer doesn’t run in their family.

Between the two of them, Tracy Williams and her mother Linda Leveridge have battled three kinds of breast cancer, and they don’t see how that could be a coincidence.

Leveridge, 59, of Greenwood, had a genetic test done after her second bout with cancer in 2004. Williams, 41, of Whiteland, was tested in 2010 after her own diagnosis. Both tests were negative for the genetic marker. But they still believe there is a genetic link that increases the risk of cancer in their family after Leveridge was diagnosed for the first time at age 47 and Williams at 37. They’ve both had their breasts, ovaries and tubes removed to decrease the chances of cancer returning.

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