Angelina’s Jolie’s decision: Some other considerations…

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The public declaration by celebrity Angelina Jolie that she has had a prophylactic (preventative) double mastectomy has sparked lots of discussion. Did Angelina do the right thing? Her mother died of breast cancer and Angelina knew she had the breast cancer gene BRCA1, a genetic mutation that occurs in less than 1 percent of the population.

But when is such a radical move warranted? Women in the US already have a higher rate of mastectomies than women in other countries. Could Jolie’s actions save lives, or might it spur unnecessary mastectomies? Read some of the alternative commentary here:

Angelina Jolie's Decision (Diana Zuckerman, Huffington Post)

The Right Decision for Breast Cancer Treatment? It’s Up to You (Our Bodies, Our Blog)

Focus on preventing cancer (Jeanne Rizzo, Breast Cancer Fund)

Should we remove perfectly good organs “just in case”? (Holly Bridges, author of The UnHysterectomy)