Celebrity Breasts and Corporate Gene Patents

Actress Angelina Jolie leaves Lancaster House after attending the G8 Foreign Ministers’ conference on April 11, 2013 in London. (OLI SCARFF / GETTY IMAGES)

Angelina Jolie’s op-ed in The New York Times was big news yesterday. Jolie shared her family history of cancer, her own genetic mutation, and her choice to have prophylactic . . . → Read More: Celebrity Breasts and Corporate Gene Patents

Angelina Jolie and the Rise of Preventive Mastectomies

“Angelina Jolie And The Rise of Preventive Mastectomies.” By Nancy Shute, NPR.

Angelina Jolie just became part of a medical trend: More women are deciding to have their breasts removed to reduce the risk of cancer. Over the past decade, doctors have noticed a big increase in the number of women choosing prophylactic, or preventive, . . . → Read More: Angelina Jolie and the Rise of Preventive Mastectomies

Jolie’s Disclosure of Preventive Mastectomy Highlights Dilemma

“Jolie’s Disclosure of Preventive Mastectomy Highlights Dilemma.” By Denise Grady, The New York Times.

One of the defining moments in the history of breast cancer occurred in 1974 when the first lady, Betty Ford, spoke openly about her mastectomy, lifting a veil of secrecy from the disease and ushering in a new era of breast . . . → Read More: Jolie’s Disclosure of Preventive Mastectomy Highlights Dilemma

Facing Cancer, a Stark Choice

“Facing Cancer, A Stark Choice.” By Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times

In the 1970s, women’s health advocates were highly suspicious of mastectomies. They argued that surgeons — in those days, pretty much an all-male club — were far too quick to remove a breast after a diagnosis of cancer, with disfiguring results. But today, . . . → Read More: Facing Cancer, A Stark Choice