Stressors come in a lot of ways. There is no question that stressors play a role in whether someone who is prone to cancer (and other diseases) actually gets cancer (or other diseases) or not. But I think that people sometimes mistake "stressors" for "lifestyle choices" (which, of course, can be included in stressors, but they aren't the whole story). Stressors that play a role in disease start from the time we're young and accumultate throughout our lifetimes. It is this "stress load" that can put us over the edge toward disease, according to Dr. Herbert Benson, the father of Mind/Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School. ((I've taken his Mind/Body course and it is fascinating.) I am a breast cancer survivor (and health professional), and what I learned about it (from Dr. Susan Love, one of the world's authorities on breast cancer) is that, when cancer is found, those cells started mutating years before - as many as 8 years before. Also, that many of us have cancer cells floating around our bodies, but that our own immune systems identify and eliminate these unhealthy cells - if our immune systems are working properly. Therefore it is helpful to maintain a healthy immune system. And naturally, one does that from living a healthy lifestyle. However, stressors from earlier in our lives still play a part, since it is lifetime stress load that can push us over the edge. Some of these earlier stressors can't be helped - such as a stressful family situation, an early death, abuse, neglect, illness, etc. Additionally, as healthy a lifestyle as we may live, we all still have stress. We still experience job stress, family stress, financial worries, deaths of loved ones, moving, health scares, and any number of other stressors, regularly as we live our daily lives. I know a guy who likes to talk about how "healthy" he is. He exercises, eats right, is in good physical shape, etc. But I have to chuckle a bit because he is truly one of the most Type A/uptight people I know. Always internally stressed. Got news for you, folks, that's as unhealthy as anything else!Family history also plays a HUGE part in disease proliferation. So I do understand what Melissa Etheridge is saying. But personally, I disagree with her. Preventing breast cancer is huge, and IF (and it's a big if) your risks identify you as someone who's likely to get it, I wholeheartedly support taking the same measures that AJ did. Why? Because treatment of it does not compare to never having it. Once you have invasive breast cancer, there is a chance that it traveled to distant organs before you found it, and it can resurface again as a metastasis (which is what you die from with cancer). I did not have a mother who died of bc, nor did I have reason to be gene tested, etc. But if I did, knowing what I know now, I would absolutely do preventative surgery. In the end, it IS a personal choice, and people need to do what they are comfortable with. I don't think individual choices should be criticized.