Dr. Manny: Angelina Jolie’s latest surgery may inspire future ovarian cancer screening

March 24, 2015 1:34 PM

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Dr. Manny: Angelina Jolie’s latest surgery may inspire future ovarian cancer screening

Angelina Jolie never ceases to amaze me, not by the choices that she makes, but rather how she uses them to inform women on health issues. Her latest decision to undergo bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, or removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes— and to share that with the New York Times— is one that should be applauded, and one that I really admire.

For years, we have known that due to genetic markers, Jolie was at risk not only of developing breast cancer, for which she already had a preventative double mastectomy, but that the BRCA1 gene mutation is also associated with ovarian cancer. The difference as far as the detection rates for breast c...

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