Two sisters given an 80 per cent chance of developing gastric cancer have opted to have their stomachs removed.
Ravindra Singh, 29, and 25-year-old Meeta can now eat only tiny meals – around ten mouthfuls – but are otherwise expected to live normal lives.
Both inherited a mutant gene which affects only 100 families in the world. They have seen the disease claim the lives of their father, two uncles, grandmother and a 20-year-old cousin.
Ravindra, a recruitment consultant who lives in Manchester, decided in June to have her stomach removed as a precaution.
However, tests in the run-up to the procedure revealed she had early-stage gastric cancer. Doctors then carried out a ‘radical gastrectomy’ at Nuffield Hospital, Leeds.
On Monday, Meeta, who is studying for a master’s degree in forensic psychology, underwent the same procedure at St James’s Teaching Hospital in Leeds – despite tests showing she has not yet contracted gastric cancer.