AFTER receiving the devastating news that she has an 85 per cent chance of getting cancer, Huntingdon teenager Ellie Stenning-White started her fundraising drive, shaving off her hair. The 18-year-old has been told by doctors that she has inherited a cancer-causing gene and has an 85-per-cent chance of getting breast cancer and a 55-per-cent chance of getting the ovarian form of the disease. Ellie was tested for the faulty gene after it was discovered her dad, Stuart, 49, was a carrier. She said: The test results showed I inherited a faulty gene which, basically, means my chances of getting breast cancer have increased. I had the blood test because we discovered my dad had it. His cousin died of breast cancer at 40 and they checked her genetic make-up to see if there was a genetic cause and found the faulty gene, so they contacted her family so they could all be checked. I was alright when I found out. I was quite calm. I had been preparing myself for the worst outcome. My sister, Rebecca, whos 20, will get her results this week. It has brought us all together as a family. My auntie, my dads sister, has terminal cancer so it is a really difficult time. Ellie had to have counselling before she could collect her results and is now facing the possibility of undergoing extreme, preventative surgery. The doctors have said I can have preventative surgery, a double mastectomy, and it is something I will definitely consider when I leave university. Ellie lives with her dad, sister, mum Liz, 47, and younger brother Elliot, 11, in West Street. She has recently completed her A Level studies at Hinchingbrooke School and is planning to go to Newquay College in Cornwall to study zoological conservation. So far, Ellie has raised £500 for Cancer Research & Genetics UK. She said: I hope to raise at least £100-£200 more. I thought if I did something drastic like shave my head I would get more attention and more money! I did it before my sixth form formal too, because I would see more people who would hopefully sponsor me. We went to the Level 2 club in Huntingdon after the formal and they sponsored me £50, which was great. INFORMATION: For more information about cancer and genetics, visit www.cancerresearchgenetics.co.uk.