This pure beauty Angelina Jolie who has a strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer, announced to the world that she had the BRCA 1 gene in 2013. She bravely and graciously chose to have a preventative double mastectomy. This became one of the most well known and memorable articles to be published in the New York Times. Thanks to the Angelina Jolie effect, more and more women are being tested for cancer risk genes. As quoted by Angelina. “Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action.
I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.
It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that’s it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity”.
Source Health Day News.