Jolie’s Mastectomy Announcement Spotlights Cancer Risk in Women

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Angelina Jolie gets paid the big bucks for her acting and for her beauty, and that’s why the Oscar-winning actress’s big announcement to have a double mastectomy has the world talking.

In a New York Times op-ed published Tuesday, Jolie writes, “I made a decision to have a preventative double mastectomy. My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer.”

“Her mother had ovarian cancer at a relatively young age and died. We know the gene for breast cancer that she was tested for is  associated with breast cancer,” said Dr. Ellen Wiegner, an Oncologist with the Mercy Cancer Center.

Across the country, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives.

“Ten percent of breast cancer is genetically associated,” Dr. Wiegner said. “Only if you have a family history of it is it necessary to get tested for it.”

Jolie tested positive for the gene, which is why she opted for the procedure, to take preventative measures. For a link to her New York Times article, click here.

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