Quantcast

Jolie's double mastectomy spotlights breast cancer awareness - Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports - WNCT.com

Jolie's double mastectomy spotlights breast cancer awareness

Posted: Updated:
© Associated Press © Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Angelina Jolie's surprise announcement that she had a preventive double mastectomy sent shockwaves through the pop culture world. But one Raleigh woman says she too has been faced with the same life-changing decision.

Jolie, 37, said that after genetic testing she learned she carries the "faulty" BRCA1 gene and had an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer.

Rex Cancer Center Outreach and Support Services Manager Emmeline Madsen says women generally have a 12-percent chance of developing breast cancer over her lifetime, but those odds increase with the presence of the BRCA1 gene.

"A woman who tested positive for breast cancer mutation is no longer 12 percent at risk, but instead 60 or more percent at risk of developing breast cancer," Madsen explained.

In an op-ed she authored for Tuesday's New York Times under the headline, "My Medical Choice," Jolie wrote that she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, die too young from cancer.

"My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56," Jolie writes. "She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was."

She writes that, "They have asked if the same could happen to me."

Like Jolie, Marla Dansky, of Raleigh, says she carries the BRCA1 gene. Dansky learned she had the gene after she, her mother and sister received the test.

All three women tested positive for the gene, and Dansky and her sister both decided to have a preventative double mastectomy.

"After getting the genetics, it was a very clear choice that removing both breasts would reduce the chance of recurrence and future cancer," Dansky, whose mother is a two-time survivor, said.

"If we're doing cancer, we're going to do it once. Get it all taken care."

Jolie said she has kept the process private so far, but wrote about it with hopes of helping other women.

"I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made," Jolie writes.

"My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer."

Melanie Sanders

Melanie anchors the 6 PM news. Her "What's Next" series features an engaging approach to storytelling and highlights the leaders in innovation who are shaping our future. Check it out HERE! More>>

  • U.S.More>>

  • Ebola patients Brantly, Wrightbol cured, released from hospital

    Ebola patients Brantly, Wrightbol cured, released from hospital

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:47:30 GMT
    A doctor at the hospital that treated two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa says their discharge poses no public health risk.
    A doctor at the hospital that treated two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa says their discharge poses no public health risk.
  • Holder says he understands mistrust of police

    Holder says he understands mistrust of police

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:23 AM EDT2014-08-21 05:23:27 GMT
    Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.
    Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he...
  • Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:34:42 GMT
    Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.
    The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria....
  • NewsMore>>

  • Private school vouchers unconstitutional, NC judge rules

    Private school vouchers unconstitutional, NC judge rules

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:42:55 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    More than $720,000 is in limbo after a judge ruled that using taxpayer money to pay for private school vouchers is unconstitutional.
    More than $720,000 is in limbo after a judge ruled that using taxpayer money to pay for private school vouchers is unconstitutional.
  • 16-year-old Raleigh girl missing since Friday located, is OK

    16-year-old Raleigh girl missing since Friday located, is OK

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:29:42 GMT
    Raleigh police said a 16-year-old girl who had gone missing on Friday has been located and is "OK."
    Raleigh police said a 16-year-old girl who had gone missing on Friday has been located and is "OK."
  • How to report drivers who pass stopped NC school buses

    How to report drivers who pass stopped NC school buses

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:16:42 GMT
    Thousands of motorists pass stopped school buses every day, and you can do something about it.The North Carolina Highway Patrol has a form for people who see a motorist pass a stopped school bus.Highway Patrol form to report drivers who pass school busesUnder North Carolina law, G.S. 20-217, drivers going either direction must stop when a school bus is stopped to let children off. Drivers are not supposed to continue until the bus has completed dropping the children off and begun to move agai...
    Thousands of motorists pass stopped school buses every day, and you can do something about it.The North Carolina Highway Patrol has a form for people who see a motorist pass a stopped school bus.Highway Patrol form to report drivers who pass school busesUnder North Carolina law, G.S. 20-217, drivers going either direction must stop when a school bus is stopped to let children off. Drivers are not supposed to continue until the bus has completed dropping the children off and begun to move agai...
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.