INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES, “NANCY BRINKER ON ANGELINA JOLIE’S MASTECTOMY DECISION, KOMEN FOUNDER MADE THE SAME CHOICE AT THE SAME AGE”
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Nancy Brinker On Angelina Jolie’s Mastectomy Decision, Komen Founder Made The Same Choice At The Same Age
If you had the ability to lower your cancer risk by at least 80 percent, would you?
In an op-ed piece published in the New York Times, Angelina Jolie revealed she was faced with that reality after testing positive for the genetic mutation BRCA1for which she had an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer. She decided to have a double mastectomy, which lowered her risk to less than five percent.
“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made,” Jolie, 37, said describing her decision to remove her breasts.