angelina jolie breast cancer
Call it the Angelina Jolie effect. After the "Maleficent" actress revealed last year that she had undergone a double mastectomy
Angelina Jolie was told she was in a "higher risk" category for breast cancer and after hearing she carried the bad genes, she went ahead with a double mastectomy. She then wrote about it in the New York Times. The U.S. experts, perhaps responding to this craziness, have come out recommending that women with a family history "not associated with an increased risk for mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes," should decidedly not seek routine genetic counseling or testing. The fact that women are driven to ask about genetic testing reflects our celebrity-obsessed culture, a strong fear of breast cancer and a somewhat earnest grasp of the "better safe than sorry" mantra which consumes many of us.
Angelina Jolie has just gone public with the news that she had a preventative double mastectomy. As a BRCA1 gene mutation carrier, she had an 87% higher risk of breast cancer. In January, I also found out that I have the BRCA1 gene mutation. But for me, the test came late, after I had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that had already spread to my lymph nodes.