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What Angelina Jolie with shocking news she had a double mastectomy after discovering that she had an 87%.
-- developing breast cancer joining us now on the phone with some more insight is doctor Marc Siegel thank you for joining us this morning.
Good morning over -- I'm doing good that you know Angelina Jolie she's really raising awareness for women should be you know conscious of their health tell us about the testing that she underwent and this BE RC a one -- this genetic genetic mutation.
By the wherever you're -- -- is so important that she's coming out like this and certainly a -- a -- example young actress.
Beautiful actress that's that's telling people let's put our -- first extremely important.
The BRC -- -- The BRC stands for breast cancer gene and actually we all have it.
But what it does -- it prevents cells from growing wildly widely wildly so what happens is if you have a mutation in this gene or something goes wrong whether.
Then it can grow very quickly and you can get -- breast cancer so what's not to gene itself -- that the gene has a problem with -- and it's -- mutations about one in 300 to 500 women have just.
And the first question everyone this is what should make it -- forward.
But the truth is it's very rare it's very expensive the test.
You should only have this test if you have a family history of breast cancer -- you think that there may be some more likelihood of it doesn't achieve -- her mother.
You know as you know died of cancer and was tested and found to have this gene which meant she had a 50% chance of getting -- it has been very medically -- all -- Got a -- the test itself is a simple blood test he talked about the expense of -- -- how expensive Kennedy.
It can be up to 3000 dollars -- one of the things she's trying to do here by raising awareness is getting that cost down.
Insurance often doesn't cover this have a lot of the women they're actually need this test can gather but a simple blood test and then you know the answer very very quickly you could make a decision like this.
Generally it increases your lifetime risk of breast cancer to about 60%.
And that's about five times greater than what most women have been the risk in the general population is 12% to women already.
Need to be thinking about the risks of breast cancer but there's.
Makes it five times -- yeah little decision what you're gonna do -- -- right marriage.
And she -- that -- -- an 87% of breast cancer a 50% risk of ovarian cancer.
Before having this procedure done.
The other one explains -- has something to do with her personal.
Situation in other -- -- -- it's vital statistics on top over having the gene you have to take into account that her mother already -- character.
And you figure -- out on that basis -- geneticist but I don't want women out there to say what about me what about me.
But again we're talking about why are reasons that if the chances are very low that anyone out there I got machine but I.
Be -- I have to wrap -- up but thank you so much for joining us this morning a lot more will be discussed on this today.
Thanks for your what I went through this look like he talked to -- -- -- you thanks doctor Siegel well.
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