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Angelina Jolie Pens an Op-Ed About Removing Ovaries for Cancer Prevention
Angelina Jolie Pitt has published a special opinion piece in today's New York Times about her decision to get her ovaries surgically removed to lessen her chances of getting cancer. Titled "Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery", the article states that she "wanted other women at risk to know about the options."
According to Angelina, she underwent testing that showed she carried BRCA1, a genetic mutation found in certain women that puts them at an elevated risk of breast and ovarian cancers. This was the information that encouraged her to undergo a double mastectomy in 2013, and ultimately what led her to continue with the removal of her ovaries and Fallopian tubes.
On her decision, Angelina states: "It is not easy to make these decisions. But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue. You can seek advice, learn about the options and make choices that are right for you. Knowledge is power."
You can read more of the article on the official New York Times website, but I have got to ask: Do you think that Angelina is perhaps starting a whole new trend in preventative care with this decision? Should more women be undergoing similar surgeries when they find out they could be genetically predisposed to certain cancers?
Let me know below. I think this could open up some pretty interesting conversation.
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@WiviDemol Me too. Breast cancer certainly runs in my family, but I don't think I'm really convinced nor brave enough to go under the knife for it.
I'm not sure you really should go this far in advance for it, but her idea realy will bring good attention to the idea of early prevention and that's improtant
@yakwithalan I think so too. I like that she's bringing more awareness to that as a preventative care option for women with the BRCA1 gene, but I don't know if I would actually do it. I think it's sort of case by case basis thing.
Thanks for sharing, beywatch! This is a really interesting issue. I would love to learn more about the long term effectiveness of such procedures, and whether they are financially accessible for everyday women.
@aschaaff I don't know much information outside of Angelina's opinion piece, but I think it all depends on whether an insurance company would consider this a necessary surgery. I'm sure that if this becomes a much more common practice that would change though.