Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Editorial on Breast Cancer in the NY Times by Angelina Jolie

Wow, courageous editorial on breast cancer in the NY Times by Angelina Jolie.
"We often speak of “Mommy’s mommy,” and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. 
My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman."