Angelina Jolie's Choice Not Uncommon for Women With Cancer Gene

March 24, 2015 6:00 PM

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TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Angelina Jolie's decision to talk about the removal of her ovaries has brought new public attention to what is actually standard preventive care for women whose genetics dramatically increase their risk of ovarian cancer, experts say.

In a column published Tuesday in the New York Times, Jolie wrote about deciding at age 39 to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, based on the increased risk of ovarian cancer posed by a mutation she carries in the BRCA1 gene.

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