This week entertainment superstar Angelina Jolie announced that she proactively had a double mastectomy. She’d tested positive for the gene that indicates she had an over 80% chance of contracting breast cancer and rather than live with the shadow hanging over her life, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
She actually had the surgery a few months ago but decided to share her decision with the world in hopes of giving courage to other women who may be facing the same circumstance. Her long time companion, Brad Pitt had this to say:
“I’m quite emotional about it, of course,” said the World War Z star. “She could have stayed absolutely private about it and I don’t think anyone would have been none the wiser with such good results. But it was really important to her to share the story and that others would understand it doesn’t have to be a scary thing. In fact, it can be an empowering thing, and something that makes you stronger and us stronger.” Read the complete article..
Although Angelina’s circumstance was rare, the point of her coming forward is to hopefully have women and men looking into their family health history to be proactive in their own healthcare.
Bright Pink is a non profit organization that offers suggestions, solutions and community for those facing touch decisions. Their motto is “Knowledge is Power”
At Bright Pink, we believe that knowledge is power, that information is beneficial, not burdensome. The more you know about breast and ovarian cancer, the better equipped you are to live proactively.
When was the last time you visited your OB/GYN? Isn’t it time to turn the health spotlight on you?