Jolie’s Revelation of Undergoing Double Mastectomy Creates Needless Panic among Women
The recent revelation by the Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie of undergoing a preventive double mastectomy has led to create unnecessary panic among young women. The sultry actress said publicly that she decided to undergo double mastectomy after her doctors informed her carrying a faulty gene.
Her doctors told her that presence of BRAC1 gene had increased her chances of developing breast cancer by 87%.
Now, this has triggered a needless panic among young women, including patients afflicted with the disease and their relatives, said cancer experts from leading medical institutions.
Even if either of the two genes, BRAC1 and BRAC2, are detected in a woman, it does not mean that she would end up with malignancy. Only about 20% of those carrying the gene are likely to develop breast cancer, said P. Vijay Anand Reddy, Director, Apollo Cancer Hospital and C. K. Naidu, senior surgical oncologist from the Basvatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.
Dr. Reddy said that even if a woman has undergone double mastectomy as a preventive measure due to the presence of the gene, there is no certainty that she would not develop breast cancer subsequently.
"It is not foolproof as remnants of breast tissue would remain on the chest wall. It is a wrong notion to feel that one would be safe by undergoing double mastectomy", he added.
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