Mass. woman diagnosed with same gene mutation as Angelina Jolie faced same choice, increased cancer risk

March 28, 2015 12:03 PM

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Mass. woman diagnosed with same gene mutation as Angelina Jolie faced same choice, increased cancer risk

IPSWICH, Mass. — Pavica Kneedler may not be an A-list Hollywood star, but she does have a couple of things in common with actress, filmmaker and humanitarian Angelina Jolie.

And also like Jolie, she’s made the difficult decision to have radical, preventative surgery to remove her breasts and ovaries after learning she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation, which dramatically increases a woman’s odds of developing breast and ovarian cancers.

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