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ANGELINA-jolie-opts-for-double-mastectomyAngeline Jolie opted for a double mastectomy after discovering she has the BRCA1 gene.

Jolie was told by doctors that having the gene gave her a 87% chance of having breast cancer and a 50% risk for having ovarian cancer. After recently losing her mother to breast cancer, Jolie didn't want to take any chances. With celebrities like Giuliana Rancic and organizations like Bright Pink, women are becoming more aware of their bodies. These celebrities and organizations are informing women of their choice to take control of their own health.

BRCA1 Gene Increases Breast Cancer Risk by 87%

Jolie said the chioce wasn't easy. In an interview with USA Today, she said "I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition." Those with this gene have options which are covered by many insurance plans.

Lindsay Avner opted for a double mastectomy after finding out she had the gene and made national headline news just years ago. Now, she is the founder of Bright Pink, an organization which helps promote awareness for choice and breast cancer options. Bright Pink offers counseling, books, workshops and other team-building and fundraising events to help women understand the risks. A simple online risk assessment can be done in less than 15 minutes and includes questions regarding family history, current health and other related factors.

We wish a fast recovery for Jolie and all those treated for breast cancer.

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