'Angelina Jolie effect' helped double breast cancer tests in UK

September 19, 2014 5:02 AM

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A new study has revealed that Angelina Jolie's decision to go public about her double mastectomy has led to a doubling in NHS referrals for genetic tests of breast cancer risk.

According to the study led by Professor Gareth Evans of Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention, there was no evidence that the widespread media coverage given to the Angelina Jolie story had led to inappropriate referrals for testing, the Independent reported.

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