It has been so long since we saw all of the Jolie-Pitt kids together (I guess it can be hard to take all six out at a time), that I practically shrieked with joy when I saw photos of the entire family out celebrating Angelina Jolie’s 38th birthday. It’s been so long, I felt the need to annotate the photo so you can keep track. First of all, look at how dressed up and adorable Zahara looks? Love. And Maddox! Maddox is approaching sullen teen territory I can tell. Look at him trying to go all incognito. Knox is gettin’ in the way of his twin sis Vivienne, and Pax ain’t havin’ all of this attention. As for my beloved Shiloh? She is clearly distracted by some taxidermy in that window. Best family! [Photo: Splash News]
Was Angelina Jolie duped into an unnecessary double mastectomy by greedy surgeons who just wanted to mutiliate her for no other reason than to cash in on the expensive procedure? Such is the theory going around naturalistic circles. There are plenty of people who sincerely believe that cancer — even if you are genetically predisposed to certain types of it – can readily be prevented by certain foods, vitamins, and a healthy lifestyle. If only it were so. Keep reading »
“I’m quite emotional about it, of course. She could have stayed absolutely private about it and I don’t think anyone would have been none the wiser with such good results. But it was really important to her to share the story and that others would understand it doesn’t have to be a scary thing. In fact, it can be an empowering thing, and something that makes you stronger and us stronger. … [It has been] an emotional and beautifully inspiring few months. And I’ll tell you, it’s such a wonderful relief to come through this and not have a spectre hanging over our heads. To know that that’s not going to be something that’s going to affect us. My most proudest thing is our family. This isn’t going to get that.”"
––Tears! Angelina Jolie’s manpiece Brad Pitt, basically proving that in addition to being the sexiest man alive, he’s also kind of the best partner ever. [USA Today]
In a moving op-ed in today’s New York Times, Angelina Jolie revealed her choice to have a preventative double mastectomy. The media coverage has been immediate—as has the troubling, sexist public conversation (#RIP Angelina’s boobs!) about Jolie’s decision.
Jolie’s mother died of cancer at age 56. Jolie herself, after discovering she carries the BRCA1 gene, which increases the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer (In Jolie’s case, 87% chance of developing breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer), decided to undergo a preventative double mastectomy. She underwent the procedure beginning in February and announced her decision in an op-ed today.
People on Twitter had a lot to say about Angelina Jolie’s decision to remove her breasts in order to lessen her risk of breast cancer and prolong her life. Read more on The Gloss…
In the wake of Angelina Jolie’s stunning double mastectomy news, we wanted to speak with a genetic counselor to find out a little bit more about how Angelina Jolie — and so many other women — came to the decision to have a preventative double mastectomy done. Jolie came to the decision after finding out that she had a mutation in her BRCA1 gene, which greatly increases the likelihood of breast cancer in women. The two complicit genes — BRCA1 and BRCA2 were first discovered by researchers in the early 90s, who identified them as the root cause of a genetic predisposition to hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. According to researchers, hereditary cancer accounts for between 3 and 5 percent of all cases of breast and ovarian cancers, which sounds like a small number, but actually amounts to tens of thousands of cases a year.
To find out more about these genes, the tests that detect them, and the difficult decision Angelina Jolie and so many other women make to prevent breast cancer, we spoke with Gina Nuccio, a genetic counselor at Baptist Memorial Health Care, a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Keep reading »