Celebrities are always in the spotlight whether it’s making headlines for their acting career or getting in trouble with the law. One celebrity in general has seemingly been in the spotlight ever since the world got introduce to her years ago as a new up-in-coming actress. The 37 year old Los Angeles native Angelina Jolie is having a stellar and successful movie career, is seen as a role model for young women and is currently a very popular figure among global humanitarian causes. Besides her Tattoos and sexuality making major headlines in the past, her recent announcement to get a double mastectomy may be one of the biggest statements of her life.
The actress recently tested positive for a genetic mutation known as BRCA1, which puts women at an exceedingly high risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer according to NY Times. With her mother dying at the young age of 56 due to cancer, Jolie did not want to suffer the same fate and made the radical decision to remove both of her breast. Yesterday the actress went to the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills, California and underwent a preventative double mastectomy.
Various breast cancer experts, along with advocates, applauded the manner in which Jolie explored her many difficult options and made informed decisions. They are saying that it might influence some women with strong family histories of breast cancer to get genetic tests. In an op-ed Jolie explained her decision and her main goal of inspiring other women to make informed health choices:
“I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options,” Jolie said.
Dr. Kenneth Offit, chief of clinical genetics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York mentioned that Jolie’s condition is very rare. Also noting that mutations in BRCA1 are estimated to cause only 5 percent to 10 percent of breast cancers and 10 percent to 15 percent of ovarian cancers among white women in the United States.
“She’s the biggest name of all, and I think given her prominence and her visibility not only as a famous person but also a beautiful actress, it’s going to carry a lot of weight for women,” Barron H. Lerner, a medical historian and author of The Breast Cancer Wars said.
After reading this, do you think Jolie image will change if at all?
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