Since Hollywood megastar Angelina Jolie announced she underwent a double mastectomy after discovering she has a genetic mutation that put her at an extremely high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, women around the world have asked themselves whether they should do the same.
This question is not an easy one to answer. Aside from the physical and health aspects, there are also psychological and emotional considerations to take into account.
According to surgeon Dr Pongnares Purasiri, preventive double mastectomies _ also known as prophylactic mastectomies _ have been carried out by specialists around the world during the past three decades. Jolie lost her mother Marcheline Bertrand to ovarian cancer in 2007 when Bertrand was only 56. And Jolie's gene testing found a genetic mutation that, in her case, increased the chance of developing breast cancer to 87% and ovarian cancer to 50%. The actress thus decided to have the double mastectomy to lower her risk of cancer.
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