It’s been five years since Angelina Jolie announced to the world she carries a BRCA1 mutation and had a prophylactic double mastectomy to lower her risks of developing breast cancer. Below advocates reflect on the impact she has made by sharing her story and starting widespread conversation about hereditary cancer and prevention. “Angelina’s efforts have…

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When celebrities publicly share their cancer diagnoses it is common for medical professionals to experience dramatic increases in office calls and for internet searches about the celebrity’s cancer to rise. In this blog post we shine the spotlight on a few celebrities (Angelina Jolie, Sandra Lee, and Joan Lunden) who have spoken up about their cancer experience…

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It’s been three years since Angelina Jolie announced to the world she carries a BRCA1 mutation and had a prophylactic double mastectomy to lower her risks of developing breast cancer. Below advocates reflect on the impact she has made by sharing her story and starting widespread conversation about hereditary cancer and prevention. “Angelina’s efforts have…

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On this episode of The Cancer Warrior, Ellen T. Matloff joins Amy Byer Shainman, executive producer of the Hereditary Cancer documentary Pink and Blue and Georgia Hurst, a lynch syndrome patient and advocate for those with hereditary cancer syndrome to talk about The Angelina Effect, genetic testing, and Lynch Syndrome. Listen to the full episode here.…

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Last week was a great reminder of the power of the consumer – namely, You. Forbes published an article about Angelina Jolie with which many of us in the hereditary cancer community took issue. Some felt the tone was a bit snarky and that the medical and scientific facts were not accurate. Those of us…

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Following Angelina Jolie Pitt’s disclosure earlier this week that she recently underwent a prophylactic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, we held an impromptu Tweet chat to discuss hereditary cancer and risk management. The BRCA community has certainly been lucky to have an advocate with a celebrity voice helping to spread awareness by sharing her personal story. But it’s just that – a personal story. Each member of a family…

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