In a shocking op-ed in The New York Times today, Angelina Jolie revealed she had a secret double mastectomy in February. A sensitive and emotional procedure for any woman battling cancer except Angelina Jolie doesn’t have cancer, so now’s the part where it’s safe to go, “I’m sorry, what?”
The truth is I carry a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
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.
Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average.
In a surprising display of support, Jennifer Aniston‘s nipples will remain at half-poke today, the first since 1982.