I’m sure many of you have read, seen or heard about Angelina Jolie having a double mastectomy when she found she carried the gene that made her 87 percent more likely (than someone who doesn’t) to get breast cancer and 50 percent more likely to get ovarian cancer.
In an article in time magazine, Jolie’s doctor said she has trimmed the frightening 87 percent down to just 5 percent with her bold proactive strike against a disease that has affected too many women and even men.
The 2009 Vanity Fair “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” revealed her decision in an op-ed in the New York Times. She explained her treatment decision: “Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and minimize the risk as much as I could. … “I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear in people’s hearts.”