It is being reported that two sisters of Indian origin in the UK with a rare hereditary condition have had their stomachs removed to cut the risk of cancer.
Meeta and Ravindra Singh were born with a mutant E-cadherin gene, giving them an 80 per cent chance of developing cancer.
The gene has claimed the lives of the sisters' father, Baldave, two uncles, their grandmother and their 20-year-old cousin.
Ravindra, 29, a recruitment consultant, opted to have her stomach removed as a precautionary measure in June this year after being diagnosed with the defective gene.
Meeta, 25, who lives with her mother in Birkenhead and is studying for a master's degree in forensic psychology, underwent the same procedure.
The stomach is not essential for digestion, but the sisters cannot eat more than ten spoonfuls at a time and are expected to lose 20 per cent of their weight.
The sisters say that it is a small price to pay for freedom from cancer.
"Ravindra didn't want the problem hanging over her, and because there was a very high possibility of cancer she had the operation," Times Online quoted Meeta as saying.
"At that time I was more focused on my sister but then as soon as she was OK it dawned on me that I could be next.
"I was quite reluctant at first but I decided I would rather have the surgery as a precautionary measure," she added.
Ravindra said: "I'm coping a lot better than I was at first but I still have off days and my energy levels are quite low sometimes.
"It's just become a new kind of normal for me. The operation was definitely the right thing to do."