Angelina Jolie Has Double Mastectomy

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Angelina Jolie Has Double Mastectomy
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Tue, 05-14-2013 - 7:46am

Angelina Jolie says she has undergone a preventive double mastectomy after being told that she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer, along with a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.

In an article published in the opinion section of Tuesday's New York Times, Jolie said her decision was informed by her mother's long fight against cancer. Marcheline Bertrand died in 2007 at age 56.

Jolie said she hoped that other women would find encouragement from her story. 

"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," Jolie said in the Times article. "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." 

http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/14/18240043-angelina-jolie-i-had-double-mastectomy-because-of-high-breast-cancer-risk?lite

Wow! If you had the testing done, and your results were similar, would you have made the same choice?

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Sat, 05-18-2013 - 1:03pm

Looked up for testing in Canada and found this:

  • If you are not of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, some experts recommend a gene test if you have one or more of the following:
  • - Two first-degree relatives with breast cancer, one of whom was diagnosed before age 50
    • - Three or more first- or second-degree relatives with breast cancer, diagnosed at any age
    • - Both breast and ovarian cancer among your first- and second-degree relatives
    • - A first-degree relative with cancer in both breasts
    • - Two or more relatives with ovarian cancer
    • - One relative with both breast and ovarian cancer
    • - A male relative with breast cancer

If you don't meet any of these criteria, you are not likely to have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene change. Only about 2 out of 100 adult women have an increased risk of having a BRCA gene change.2

http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/medicaltest/tu6462.html

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Sat, 05-18-2013 - 7:00pm

 I am surprised you did not qualified but those criteria are based on careful research. 

Ask your doctor; you might be able to pay for the genetic test, if it would give you peace of mind. You also may be elligible for increase breast cancer monitoring because, even though you might not have the  BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation there is something happening in your family. My experience here (In Ontario) that women are rountinely screened for breast cancer with the frequency of screening depending on age and risk factors. Women with breast cancer in the family but not necessarily with the mutation, go more frequently.  I go (no breast cancer in my family) every 6 months now after a "blimp" on my biannual mammogram caused the radiologist concern.  Of course, like all other testing, this is no cost to me.

Good luck

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sat, 05-18-2013 - 7:16pm

>If you don't meet any of these criteria, you are not likely to have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene change. Only about 2 out of 100 adult women have an increased risk of having a BRCA gene change.<a href="http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/medicaltest/tu6462.html#tu6462-Bib" rel="nofollow">2</a></p><p><a href="http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/medicaltest/tu6462.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/medicaltest/tu6462.html</a></p>[/quote]

Going by that criteria my DH is the only one in our  that would fit.  His mother had breast cancer (a life long survivor)  and his DD was diagnised at age 29.  My other daughters could not be tested and yet one came up positive. 

They are not taking into account that it does not have to be rampant in a family to be an issue.  As far as we know DH's mother and DD1 are the only cases of breast cancer in our family yet the gene is there. 

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sat, 05-18-2013 - 8:12pm

My concern about this procedure is that it focuses in on one part of your body, Many cancer victims don't just develop and die from breast cancer, It metastasizes and spreads to other parts of the body. Is this treatment a guarantee that cancer won't get in some other way?

 

 


 


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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sat, 05-18-2013 - 8:26pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>My concern about this procedure is that it focuses in on one part of your body, Many cancer victims don't just develop and die from breast cancer, It metastasizes and spreads to other parts of the body. Is this treatment a guarantee that cancer won't get in some other way?</p><p> </p>

This does not just focus on breast cancer. This is a specic gene mutation that increases the risk of breast cancer  and possibly pancreatic cancer in both men and woman,  ovarian cancer in woman and protate cancer in men.  All of those things are monitored.  The breast and the ovaries  are sometimes preventively removed.

There are no guarentees in cancer period and also just because someone sucessfully avoids the cancers linked to this gene there is no reason they cannot develop another cancer.   In the same way that no one has to have this gene mutation to develop these cancers. 

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sat, 05-18-2013 - 8:35pm

emptynester2009 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">jamblessedthree</em> wrote:</div>&lt;p&gt;My concern about this procedure is that it focuses in on one part of your body, Many cancer victims don't just develop and die from breast cancer, It metastasizes and spreads to other parts of the body. Is this treatment a guarantee that cancer won't get in some other way?&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size:medium">This does not just focus on breast cancer. This is a specic gene mutation that increases the risk of breast cancer  and possibly pancreatic cancer in both men and woman,  ovarian cancer in woman and protate cancer in men.  All of those things are monitored.  The breast and the ovaries  are sometimes preventively removed. <br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size:medium">There are no guarentees in cancer period and also just because someone sucessfully avoids the cancers linked to this gene there is no reason they cannot develop another cancer.   In the same way that no one has to have this gene mutation to develop these cancers.  <br /></span></p>

Ok then, You could still develop a cancer somewhere else.

 


 


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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sat, 05-18-2013 - 8:51pm

 Just the same that anyone can develope cancer anywhere.

But a much higher risk of developing cancer linked to the mutation. 

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