This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news.
Did you hear the news about Angelina Jolie? She recently announced in the New York Times that she tested positive for the BRCA-1 genetic mutation which dramatically increases her risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. Given that information, she did what many women in her position have chosen to do. She had a preventive double mastectomy and breast reconstruction.
Due to her celebrity status, this story has obviously become major news the last few days and has generated a lot of conversation around the topic of “previvors,” that is, women who chose to decrease their risk of cancer after finding out they are at an especially elevated risk.
To help answer some of the important questions that have been raised in recent days, we assembled a panel of medical experts in a Google+ Hangout including a genetic counselor; a radiologist who herself is a breast cancer survivor and tested positive for the BRCA-1 genetic mutation; a breast surgeon; an oncologist; and a 35-year-old mother of two who recently underwent a mastectomy and reconstruction after finding out she too carried the BRCA-1 genetic mutation.
If you weren’t able to watch the live Hangout yesterday, you can view it below.
If you have any questions after watching the panel discussion, feel free to leave your questions in the comment section here. To learn more about breast and ovarian cancer, please visit BaylorHealth.com or call 1-800-4BAYLOR.