Brookside, New Jersey (PRWEB) June 05, 2013
Angelina Jolie made headlines recently when she announced that she plans to eventually have her ovaries removed to prevent ovarian cancer. She knew from watching her 56-year old mother lose a long battle with the disease that she didnt want to experience the illness that took her away from us.
Perhaps her decision, which she announced after undergoing a mastectomy to lower the risk of breast cancer, will spur other women at high risk to be tested for the BRCA gene. Medical experts say women who have had pre-menopausal breast cancer or have had ovarian cancer, or a strong family history of breast/ovarian cancer, should consider having the test.
Yet even if the test reveals a woman does not have a mutated BRCA gene, which can raise breast and ovarian cancer risk, it does not rule out her developing cancer. Thats why its critical that women stay in touch with their bodies and be proactive about their health, says Jane MacNeil, president of Turn The Towns Teal,