I am going to repost a bit and then re-direct you to Anjelina Jolie’s op-ed in the New York Times yesterday “My Medical Choice“.
(photo from SPLASH)
First of all, more power to you! And a speedy recovery.
and secondly: This is brave. Sharing a choice to fight a taboo. Opening yourself up to criticism in a time where you are physically weak and emotionally shaky, but doing it because of your fame. Because you believe in the debate is brave. We applaud that here at the Gates. Notice she doesn’t say her choice is right for every women. But it was right for her. And she wants to make sure every women diagnosed has a choice…
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.
Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average.
Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.