ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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'Defective' Genes, Breast Cancer, and Preventive Mastectomy

In mid-May there appeared an article, "My Medical Choice", by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie on her decision to minimise her risk of getting breast cancer by having a preventive double mastectomy - removal of both breasts - so that she does not have cancer. She took this decision as her BRCA genes were "faulty", which increased her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. She chose to write about this decision so that other women could make informed choices. The question is, did she herself have all the information? How well informed are we all really?

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