E-Commentary: Hollywood, breast cancer and reconstruction surgery


In 2013 the Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie announced that she had both her breasts removed because she carried the BRCA1 gene.

Her bilateral prophylactic mastectomy highlights the fact that a woman whose mother or father carries a faulty BRCA1 gene has a 50% chance of also carrying it and a 60 to 80% higher risk of developing breast cancer.

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