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 »
In a stunning New York Times op-ed piece, Angelina Jolie revealed that she’d recently had a double mastectomy. The actress and mother of 6 revealed that she’d considered the procedure after finding out that she carries a mutation in her BRCA1 gene, which greatly increases a woman’s risk for both breast and ovarian cancers.
Thanks to the gene, “my doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman,” she writes. Keep reading »
“I admire her … She saves children’s lives. I get that we both have a lot of kids, but I don’t think I look anything like her,” said Nadya Suleman, better known as Octomom, of her idol Angelina Jolie.
Then Octomom proceeded to pose like her for In Touch. Why? It’s hard to say. But Octomom took the opportunity to talk about how much harder she has it than Ang.
“I do a lot! I’m a cook, a chauffeur and a nanny,” she told In Touch. She forgot porn star, drunk, and possible welfare defrauder. [DListed]
Rape and sexual violence have long been used as a weapon in conflict — a way to enact brutal violence on women and children who are by and large bystanders. There are myriad examples: The Rwandan genocide, the violence in Sierra Leone and the conflict in Bosnia, to name a few. But despite the hundreds of thousands of victims, rape as a weapon was only codified as an offense on an international level in 1998, when the Rome Statute named rape as a “crime against humanity.” (A little note on the Rome Statute: President Bill Clinton signed on to it in ’98, and then George W. Bush revoked our signature on it during his presidency.) Keep reading »
Angelina Jolie looks like she could be married! Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may have forgone all the glitz, glamour and exclusives to magazines by simply marrying in secret. On Friday, the U.N. Ambassador was pictured at LAX wearing a gold band on her ring finger. In prior outings, the huge sparkler that Brad gave her usually occupy that hand. Read more…