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Thu, 05/16/2013

Media Reactions to Angelina Jolie's Mastectomy

Since Angelina Jolie had announced that she had a preventive double mastectomy in an article called “My Medical Choice” in the New York Times on Tuesday, May 14, many media outlets discussed this grave step. In the British Guardian Hadley Freemann wrote in her op-ed article that Angelina Jolie has done something extraordinary by publicly discussing her double mastectomy, because the actor has challenged the celebrity industry to rethink its bizarre values – and she has done all women a huge service. That this decision is wildly supported is documented in this CNN report. In an article in the Wall Street Journal authors Melinda Beck and Ron Winslow write that experts say Jolie raises awareness of genetic cancer risk, but caution that not all women need testing. Also a UAE doctor warns of overreacting because most breast cancers are not genetic, as he explains in Gulf News. What the BRCA1 gene is, and how it can increase a woman's risks for breast and ovarian cancers is described in this CNN-article.

Also we would like to remind you that PGD International runs a Breast Center at Waldkrankenhaus Hospital which is specialized in the treatment of breast cancer. Effective diagnostics and therapy is made possible by the close collaboration between radiologists, gynecologists/surgeons, pathologists, radiation therapists and oncologists.