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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy

Famous actress, Angelina Jolie, underwent a preventative double mastectomy, because she tested positive for the BRCA1 gene, and because her mother died from breast cancer at age 56.

You can read about it in her New York Times opinion piece:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html?_r=0

Angelina Jolie wrote that her doctors told her she had an 87% risk of getting breast cancer. I applaud Ms. Jolie for studying the issue and doing what is best for her. My question is, statistically, how much will this procedure extend her overall survival?

Hopefully, the procedure will extend her overall survival by a lot. I have done some searching, but so far I cannot find enough data to give an estimate. I will keep looking.

The search terms are "prophylactic double mastectomy," which is also known as a "preventative double mastectomy."

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I did this back in '06. The rule of thumb for BRCA is: ovaries before breasts. Research is new(ish) but make no mistake, BPM it all but eliminates the risk of breast cancer.