Yourwellness Magazine Explores Angelina Jolie Double Mastectomy

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Following Angelina Jolie’s first public appearance since her essay explaining her decision to have a double-mastectomy, Yourwellness Magazine explained the reasons behind her decision.

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Angelina Jolie has said she has no regrets about going public with her very private decision to have a preemptive double-mastectomy to slash her risk of developing breast cancer, ABC News reported June 4th. The article, “Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy Fuelling National Debate,” made her first public appearance since penning a New York Times essay explaining how she had both breasts removed at the World War Z premiere. Jolie commented, ‘I'm very happy to see the discussion about women's health expanded. That means the world to me.’ (http://abcnews.go.com/Health/angelina-jolies-double-mastectomy-fueling-national-debate/story?id=19315336)

As a result, Yourwellness Magazine decided to revisit the issue, and open up the discussion about the BRCA1 gene that caused Ms Jolie to make her decision. Yourwellness Magazine noted, ‘A few months ago, the world was rocked by revelations about the health of actress Angelina Jolie. The actress revealed that she had opted to improve her wellness and wellbeing by undergoing a double mastectomy. This was due to the fact that she had tested positive for the BRCA 1 gene, following the death of her mother, and this meant that preemptive surgery gave her the best chance of staying healthy.’ (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/10/truth-angelina-jolie-double-mastectomy/#sthash.I6CZrlau.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine explained that BRCA1 is a gene that makes people more susceptible to breast or ovarian cancer. It is a very dangerous gene to be in possession of, as it makes the chances of getting cancer extremely high (and the chances of a cure much lower than for the average person who contracts these types of cancer). Yourwellness Magazine pointed out that breast cancer is a very common disease and statistics show that around 12% of women will develop the disease at some point during their lives. If women have a positive test for the BRCA mutation, their chances are much higher. Yourwellness Magazine added that Jolie’s risk of the disease, following the surgery, have dropped from 86% to just under 5%.

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