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Old May 14 2013, 11:26 PM   #1
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Angelina Jolie gets double mastectomy

Actress Angelina Jolie announced in a New York Times op-ed article on Tuesday that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her 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," Jolie wrote. "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."

Jolie's mother, actress and producer Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer in 2007 at the age of 56. Jolie is 37 years old.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/14/showbi...omy/index.html

This is quite shocking. It kind of makes you realize how unexpected things in life can turn out. Not even one of the biggest movie stars in the world is immune to the threat of cancer. I wish her well and a speedy recovery.
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Old May 14 2013, 11:43 PM   #2
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Not even one of the biggest movie stars in the world is immune to the threat of cancer.
You just figured that out now?
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Old May 14 2013, 11:46 PM   #3
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So, she didn't actually have cancer, just that she had the potential to develop cancer. Why get the double mastectomy now rather than if the cancer developed? Why not monitor her health more closely rather than commit to a drastic procedure just to eliminate a potential threat?
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Old May 15 2013, 12:10 AM   #4
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My admiration for this woman grows and grows.
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Old May 15 2013, 12:10 AM   #5
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So, she didn't actually have cancer, just that she had the potential to develop cancer. Why get the double mastectomy now rather than if the cancer developed? Why not monitor her health more closely rather than commit to a drastic procedure just to eliminate a potential threat?
Probably because she's had first hand experience of how it affected her mother's, and therefore the rest of her family's lives. Taking preventative action is very brave choice, and will probably help her deal with the issues she faced in her past. Hereditary illness is a bitch whether you have it, or have the potential to have it, not only because getting ill sucks, but also because you can pass it on to your own offspring.

My family hasn't had cancer, but we've suffered with the hereditary Huntington's disease. It's a horrible, debilitating illness that has no cure, and so continues through the generations. I think people who have it, or have the potential to have it, could have some 'drastic' procedure to reduce the risk, they'd be queuing up for it.
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Old May 15 2013, 08:12 AM   #6
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So, she didn't actually have cancer, just that she had the potential to develop cancer. Why get the double mastectomy now rather than if the cancer developed? Why not monitor her health more closely rather than commit to a drastic procedure just to eliminate a potential threat?


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Old May 15 2013, 01:19 PM   #7
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So, she didn't actually have cancer, just that she had the potential to develop cancer. Why get the double mastectomy now rather than if the cancer developed? Why not monitor her health more closely rather than commit to a drastic procedure just to eliminate a potential threat?
An 87% chance of a potential threat.

Cancer isn't something you just let happen and hope it'll be OK if you have a choice. Pre-emptive action in these sorts of cases is far from unusual these days.
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Old May 15 2013, 01:22 PM   #8
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I fully - er, support - her decision.
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Old May 15 2013, 03:41 PM   #9
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So, she didn't actually have cancer, just that she had the potential to develop cancer. Why get the double mastectomy now rather than if the cancer developed? Why not monitor her health more closely rather than commit to a drastic procedure just to eliminate a potential threat?
Because women with the BRCA mutations have a very poor prognosis. The disease hits when they're young (Jolie's mom was 46) and the younger a woman with a BRCA mutation is at diagnosis, the worse her prognosis.

A retrospective study in Sweden indicated that women with a BRCA mutation had a 59 percent mortality rate at 10 years. Other studies have corroborated that finding.

Her potential threat was 87 percent. I wouldn't question her choice.
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Old May 15 2013, 03:57 PM   #10
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So, she didn't actually have cancer, just that she had the potential to develop cancer. Why get the double mastectomy now rather than if the cancer developed? Why not monitor her health more closely rather than commit to a drastic procedure just to eliminate a potential threat?

She eliminated the chances NOW

Not later. Not when/if she had the cancer but NOW

Waiting on these things usually isn't a good idea.
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Old May 15 2013, 03:59 PM   #11
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87 percent? Christ, no wonder she did it.
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Old May 15 2013, 05:10 PM   #12
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So, she didn't actually have cancer, just that she had the potential to develop cancer. Why get the double mastectomy now rather than if the cancer developed? Why not monitor her health more closely rather than commit to a drastic procedure just to eliminate a potential threat?
Because women with the BRCA mutations have a very poor prognosis. The disease hits when they're young (Jolie's mom was 46) and the younger a woman with a BRCA mutation is at diagnosis, the worse her prognosis.

A retrospective study in Sweden indicated that women with a BRCA mutation had a 59 percent mortality rate at 10 years. Other studies have corroborated that finding.

Her potential threat was 87 percent. I wouldn't question her choice.
Correct.

This kind of genetic screening is leading to more and more of these kind of surgeries.

Anyone who questions her decision, just think of it this way: what would you want your wife to do?
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Old May 15 2013, 05:14 PM   #13
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apparantly she is also planning on having her ovaries removed
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Old May 15 2013, 05:40 PM   #14
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apparantly she is also planning on having her ovaries removed
Also a choice I wouldn't question. A friend's mom got had breast cancer in her 50s and then had surgery & 2 years of chemo for ovarian ca at 65. She's BRCA1 positive. My friend is wrestling with her choices now.
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Old May 15 2013, 06:47 PM   #15
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