Watching the local news this past month and reading entertainment magazines has given me much food for thought, as it relates to breast cancer survivorship. This past month, actress Angelina Jolie revealed that she had had a prophylactic double mastectomy. She made this very difficult and ethical decision based on a genetic test (BRCA1) that indicated that would be at a high risk for developing breast cancer (87% chance) or ovarian cancer (54% chance). Angelina Jolie has a strong family history of both breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Another recent story on CBS news was related to breast (BRCA) gene mutations that are more common in black women with breast cancer. There was a study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago this past week that found one-fifth of these women have genetic (BRCA) mutations.

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