Thursday, May 16, 2013

Angelina Jolie’s Preventative Mastectomy Dilemma

On Tuesday, May 14th, 2013, Angelina Jolie revealed that she carries a defective BRCA1 gene that puts her at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. In February she had mastectomies followed by reconstruction with implants in April.

“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer,” the 37-year-old actress wrote in the New York Times.

Some breast cancer experts and advocates are giving Jolie a round of applause in the manner she explored her options and decision making. But, some doctors also are worried that her actions could be misinterpreted by other women and fueling the trend toward mastectomies that are not medically necessary for early stages of breast cancer.

Whatever side you are on, whatever your view, breast cancer has affected so many people.

With all the attention Angelina Jolie has brought to this topic I thought it timely to share the story about my first Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk experience with you through a series of blogs. As some may already know, I have been heavily involved in fundraising for many years and have participated in the 3-Day walk 3 years in a row, starting in 2007. Many photos were taken along the journey and I would love to share them with you.

Keep your eyes open for the first blog to post on Friday, May 17th!