Dr. Maurie Markman, the National Director of Medical Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America(who has not personally treated Angelina) told Hollyscoop:
“The surgeries themselves will change her in no way. She is the same person she was before the procedure and after the procedure,”
Angelina revealed that she was tested and discovered that she had mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, meaning she had an 87% chance of getting breast cancer and a 50% chance of getting ovarian cancer.
Angelina DID get reconstructive surgery on her breasts (meaning implants), so why did she tell us about it? She could have slipped under the radar and no one would have known.
“The reason she did this was to let the world know why she had done it and to encourage other women in a similar circumstance to consider it,” suggests Dr. Markman.
Angie’s mother died from ovarian cancer but Angie has yet to get an ovarian operation as Dr. Markman says the procedure causes a loss of estrogen and can bring on premature menopause, which WOULD affect Angie’s daily life.
So, what can other women do who want to take preventive measures like Angelina? How does someone know if they should or shouldn’t be tested for the BRCA gene?
“One might consider waiting a longer period of time [before getting tested]. If one has a family history [of breast or ovarian cancer], the argument is that you might be relatively safe until your mid ’40s.”