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Health & wellness

Jolie’s double mastectomy highlights tough decisions on screening

Angelina Jolie’s announcement on Tuesday, in an eloquent New York Times column, that she had a double mastectomy underscores the difficult decisions women face when they have a frightening family history of breast cancer.

Jolie’s mother died of breast cancer in her 50s after being diagnosed with the disease 10 years earlier. Jolie found out she carried a mutation on the BRCA1 gene that gave her an 87 percent lifetime risk of breast cancer.

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