Did She Have To?

I admire Angelina Jolie’s guts and courage to have a preventive double mastectomy.  Her mother had breast cancer and lived with it for ten years.  However, I am troubled with surgically removing a healthy part of your body, when you didn’t have to. Medical reports suggest to Ms. Jolie that she had an 87 percent chance of having breast cancer and five percent risk of having ovarian cancer.  But she also had a slight chance of not getting the disease that one out of eight American women are

subjected to.

Why not wait until you have the disease before you began to have the surgery. Sometimes when you are predisposed to a disease with the  medical alert, through diet, exercise and other preventive measure you can prevent the health issue.

Ms. Jolie is a movie star and a trend setter.  I hope her courage is seen as one decision but that a trend does not emerge.  It is a tough decision.   This is a complex situation and she expressed her decision eloquently.  In her case it is even tougher because her career is contingent on her appearance.

But wait until you get the disease before beginning surgical procedures.  One woman’s opinion.


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