Angelina Jolie’s Preventive Mastectomy

Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy, which she explained in her recent essay in the New York Times, has drawn praise and criticism in almost equal measure, provoking intense debate in the cybersphere – and within our own group.

One of our members forwarded me this thoughtful article from WebMD, which underlines the difficult choices facing women who find out they have a high risk for breast cancer because of a genetic mutation.

This headline news has worried and unsettled many people. However, as the WebMD article points out, Jolie’s medical situation is extremely unusual, comparable with only a tiny minority of breast cancer cases.

If you too have been worried and unsettled by the news and need a fuller understanding of the issues, don’t hesitate to speak to a specialist (your GP, oncologist, gynaecologist). They are best placed to talk through the issues with you and to help you put the matter into perspective.

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