Encourages Yearly Exams in Wake of Debbie Martin’s Death

Share Article finance and lifestyle magazine remarks about the death of Angelina Jolie’s maternal aunt, Debbie Martin, to breast cancer yesterday and encourages its retired readers to be diligent with routine testing and yearly exams in their golden years. finance and lifestyle magazine today released their statement about the very recent death of Angelina Jolie’s aunt to breast cancer. sends its condolences to the Oscar winner and her family, and advises its retired readers to stay on top of yearly exams and recommended testing to help with early cancer detection.

According to an E!Online article by Brandi Fowler published Sunday, May 26th, Jolie’s maternal aunt, Debbie Martin, passed away on Sunday morning. Her death came just two weeks after Jolie went public with her decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy in attempt to decrease her own risk for breast cancer. Fowler reported that Martin was Jolie’s mother’s younger sister, and that Jolie’s mother passed away from ovarian cancer six years ago. sent its heartfelt condolences to the Jolie-Pitt and Martin families, and urged its readers to update their yearly exams and other preventative treatments.’s Senior staff writer is quoted as saying, “Unfortunately, there are some diseases out there whose risk only gets higher and more frequent the older we become. According to the American Cancer Society’s website, the risk for developing breast cancer increases with a woman’s age. Two out of three invasive breast cancers are reportedly found in women who are 55-years-old or older. We would like to encourage our retired female readers to keep up with mammograms, PAP smears, colonoscopies, and other tests that can help to detect cancers early. It’s so important to take care of your body through your golden years. We only get one body per lifetime, and it’s up to us to keep it in good shape. Our health is something we can’t take for granted, and thanks to the medical technology that simply gets better every day, there are ways to detect certain cancers early on. But the trick is actually going in, getting checked, getting tested.”

According to an Op-Ed piece which Angelina Jolie published on May 14th, 2013 through the New York Times entitled, “My Medical Choice,” Jolie states she had had a 87% risk for developing breast cancer due to a gene mutation which runs in her family. Jolie writes about her deceased mother, “We often speak of 'Mommy’s mommy,' and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They [my children] 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.” admits that the BRCA1 and BRCA2 tests are not cheap, but are incredibly helpful for women who may be at increased risk for breast or ovarian cancer.’s Senior staff writer is quoted as saying, “From what I understand, having the genetic mutation is very rare. It’s a good idea to do this BRCA testing if you have two ‘first-degree’ relatives who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, like a mother and a sister, or two sisters. If you have three or more first or second-degree relatives, like an aunt or grandmother, who have been diagnosed it is also a good idea. You could check with your health insurance, see if there is a seniors discount, or look for inexpensive clinics, to have this testing done if you suspect you might be at a higher risk.”

The above-mentioned E!Online article stated that Jolie’s aunt Debbie Martin is survived by her husband, Ron Martin, and two sons Chris and Cory Martin. She passed away Sunday morning, May 27th at Palomar Hospital in Escondido, CA.

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