Hard Choices Angelina Jolie Faces About Testing Her Kids for Breast Cancer Genes

Reblogged by The Legal Standard on 5/18/13.

Health & Family

Most women who get breast cancer each year have no family history, but Angelina Jolie’s story was different. Her mom died at age 56 of ovarian cancer, a related disease.

Doing her best to make sure that her own six kids don’t lose their mother to breast cancer motivated Jolie to have a preventive double mastectomy, a process she revealed in a bold and candid op-ed in Tuesday’s New York Times.

We often speak of “Mommy’s mommy,” and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

As a BRCA1 carrier, Jolie stands a 50% chance of having passed the faulty gene…

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