Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy Sparks Surge In Cancer Tests

September 19, 2014 1:33 PM

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Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy Sparks Surge In Cancer Tests

Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy in 2013 has sparked a huge surge in women getting screened for the BRCA1 gene, which contributes to the risk of breast cancer.

The actress underwent the preventative measure last year after she discovered she carried the BRCA1 gene, giving her a high chance of contracting both breast and ovarian cancer, which her mother Marcheline Bertrand died from in 2007.

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