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Angelina’s Plan to Have Ovaries Removed Not A Choice For Everyone
Date:6/5/2013

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 didn’t 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. That’s why it’s critical that women stay in touch with their bodies and be proactive about their health, says Jane MacNeil, president of Turn The Towns Teal,® a NJ-based national ovarian cancer awareness nonprofit.

Ovarian cancer kills more women than all other gynecologic malignancies combined.

Nearly 23,000 women were diagnosed in the United States last year and 15,500 died. Occasionally, ovarian cancer is not accompanied by symptoms until the disease is advanced. At other times, the early signs of ovarian cancer—bloating, abdominal pain, pelvic pressure or feeling full quickly—can resemble those of many other common health conditions, which is why many women disregard the symptoms until the disease is advanced.

“Women should have annual physicals and also tell their doctor about any unusual symptoms that last daily for more than two weeks,” said Dr. Ami Vaidya, d
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