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Well one of Hollywood's biggest stars Angelina Jolie is now sharing with the world that she has undergone a preventive.
After learning that she had what's called a quote faulty gene that significantly raised her risk of breast cancer the 37 year old actress saying in an -- that quote.
I want -- to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy.
But it is 1 I am very happy that I made.
My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87%.
To under 5%.
I can tell my children that they don't need to fear that they will lose me to breast cancer and obviously that was a conversation she really wanted to be able -- house with her children.
I'm joined now by doctor -- Sussman director of the women's imaging.
At Brookhaven memorial hospital in New York Patrick thank you so much for being here and -- very courageous on her part this is a woman -- a famous Hollywood actress a sex symbol and for her to come forward and say this and talk about it.
I think is really significant UID to she's a very brave woman yes yes.
Talk to me a little bit about the decision that she made and tell everybody what the bracket gene is.
-- -- -- Small percentage of women only about 5% of women.
Are at risk for what's called charitable breast cancer something that is genetically based -- We know that these women are at high risk for developing breast cancer at some point in their life.
A very high risk intact and Angelina Jolie's case about 87%.
Of developing -- has not only did she have the gene but she lost her mother at a young age you know six and seven that's right and that.
That was a trigger for us a clue that she might have.
A gene a faulty gene if you will that will at some point -- -- whole life's most likely she would develop breast cancer so.
To combat that with that knowledge that hands you know is a very difficult decision to may what do you do -- prevented from coming on.
Now I lost my mother month -- had breast cancer I'm so sorry she did not have the gene.
So I want to make sure that everyone knows that with or without the gene you need to be really diligent.
In testing and taking care of yourself but to explain to us who needs to have the blood test because it's very expensive and who needs to you know what the protocol should be for people that you don't think.
Need to have this task well.
As I said you know how credible breast cancer or genetic breast cancer only accounts for about 5% of all the breast cancers we see.
But that does not mean that you shouldn't go ahead and get yearly mammograms be vigilant.
About to examinations.
Make sure you're doing the right thing after the age of forty.
If we think you are at high risk for developing breast cancer say you have a first degree relatives and her case it was her mother's -- a mother a sister a daughter with early breast or ovarian cancer -- a -- to us.
A red flag that you might be at risk all right thank you so -- your doctor doctor says thank -- so much for being -- for having me we.
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