Jolie's disclosure highlights women's painful choices

March 24, 2015 9:47 PM

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While advances in genetic testing have given people such as Angelina Jolie a wealth of information about their risk of disease, science offers them far fewer ways to act on that knowledge.

Thanks to sophisticated genetic screenings, Jolie was able to find out that she carries a mutation in a gene called BRCA1, which dramatically increases her risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

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