"My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman. Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy." (Source)
Hollywood's highest paid actress and often cited as the world's "most beautiful" woman, Angelina Jolie opted to lose her two breasts rather than lose her life to breast cancer. The decision was made upon learning that she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene or breast cancer susceptibility gene, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
The revelation caused a tremendous impact worldwide especially to all women who suffer from the fatal disease. She has been widely praised for her decision to share the news publicly. Knowing that an
iconic beauty as Angelina, announced that she had undergone an elective double mastectomy was "a cultural and medical earthquake — a revelation so arresting it became the subject of TIME’s newest cover story." wrote Time's Jeffrey Kluger.
What is Breast Cancer?
BREAST CANCER is a malignant or cancerous growth that begins in the tissues of the breast. It is a disease in which abnormal cells grow in uncontrollable way.
What are the symptoms?
Early stages of breast cancer may not cause any pain and discomfort but keep in mind that early detection and medical help can save life. Doing "breast-self exam" or BSE can help you lessen the probability for late stage diagnosis.
Breast Cancer, an alarming fatal disease that more women suffer than men. About 4% of breast cancer cases were men so the ratio is 24:1 meaning female are more susceptible. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the world today. It is the principal cause of death from cancer among women globally.
Philippines has the highest cases of breast cancer in Asia and the 9th highest incidence rate in the world. It is estimated that for every 1,800 Filipinos, one will develop cancer annually and for every 2 new cancer cases, 1 will die within a year. many breast cancers are diagnosed among 35 to 50-year old Filipino women.