About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Angelina Jolie's Preventive Surgery Raised Breast Cancer Awareness Among Women

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on November 27, 2015 at 8:36 PM
Font : A-A+

 Angelina Jolie's Preventive Surgery Raised Breast Cancer Awareness Among Women

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie announced that she had undergone preventative double mastectomies in May 2013. Jolie underwent the procedure after losing her mother to breast cancer and discovered that she carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, which increases the risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Researchers at a breast cancer prevention clinic have observed an increased uptake of preventative double mastectomies since Jolie made the announcement.

Lead author Gareth Evans, professor of clinical genetics at Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention, said, "We have seen a clear increase in the number of women undergoing preventative double mastectomies, starting around nine months after Angelina Jolie's announcement about her own surgery."

Advertisement


The researchers reported that the number of preventative double mastectomies performed after consultation at the clinic doubled from January 2014 to June 2015.

The number of preventative double mastectomies performed on women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations - genes that put women at breast cancer risk - rose from 17 in 2011-2012 to 31 from 2014 onward.
Advertisement

Having previously identified an upsurge in referrals to breast cancer, the researchers pointed out that it takes between nine and 12 months from initial inquiries to surgery taking place.

Although the researchers did not collect information on women's motivation for undergoing surgery, they speculate that the increase is attributable to Jolie.

The study was published in the Breast Cancer Research.

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Diet and Oral Health: The Sugary Connection May Become Sour
World AIDS Day 2022 - Equalize!
Test Your Knowledge on Sugar Intake and Oral Health
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Women and Cancer Breast Biopsy Pagets disease of the breast Mastitis Cancer and Homeopathy Breast Cancer Facts Cancer Facts Cancer Tattoos A Body Art Breasts - Structures and Types 

Most Popular on Medindia

Hearing Loss Calculator Drug Interaction Checker Drug - Food Interactions Selfie Addiction Calculator Accident and Trauma Care How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips A-Z Drug Brands in India Sanatogen Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Iron Intake Calculator
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
×

Angelina Jolie's Preventive Surgery Raised Breast Cancer Awareness Among Women Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests