Angelina Jolie’s Prophylactic Mastectomies

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Jolie penned in New York Times about her prophylactic double mastectomy: “My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman,” she wrote. “Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much as I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.” Jolie has been praised in the media for having the courage to go through this procedure, and in addition being willing to share her story in order to encourage similar women with the BRCA gene to understand and manage their increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Jolie understands cancer, her mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, had breast cancer and died of ovarian cancer six years ago at the age of 56. Her grandmother died of ovarian cancer at age 45 and her Aunt just passed away from ovarian cancer at age 61.

Jolie reports that the procedure involved preservation of her nipples, removal of the breast gland and reconstruction of her breasts with implants. Like Jolie, everyday women who decide to undergo prophylactic mastectomies are likely to also be concerned about how they will look once the procedure is completed. A consultation with a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast reconstruction will provide information about options for reconstruction, whether the technique involves implants or the woman’s own tissue. Contemporary implants used in breast reconstruction are textured and anatomical (tear drop) shaped filled with cohesive silicone gel. By using this style of implant breast shape is optimised and longevity is maximized by the addition of Alloderm.

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