Angelina Jolie and the One Percent

“Angelina Jolie and the One Percent” was originally published in Scientific American on May 20th, 2013.

After learning that she had inherited a mutation on one of the so-called breast cancer genes, actress Angelina Jolie decided to have a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer. She also plans to have her . . . → Read More: Angelina Jolie and the One Percent

More on My Story and Why My Reconstruction is Not a “Sexy Boob Job”

“More on My Story, Why My Reconstruction is Not a “Sexy Boob Job.” By Peggy Orenstein, Peggy Orenstein Blog.

“I don’t think women who choose bilateral mastectomy are cowards. But I also don’t think they are heroes. Not even Angelina Jolie. Is she really braver than someone who opted for surveillance, or to have her . . . → Read More: Why My Reconstruction is Not a “Sexy Boob Job”

No Easy Choices on Reconstruction

“No Easy Choices on Reconstruction.” By Roni Caryn Rabin, The New York Times Well Blog.

Last week the actress Angelina Jolie announced in The New York Times that she had had a double mastectomy in February after testing positive for a genetic mutation that put her at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. She . . . → Read More: No Easy Choices on Reconstruction

The Chatter About Jolie

My bloggy friends have really hit some important notes about Angelina Jolie’s prophylactic bilateral mastectomies, a decision she made public in a recent editorial in the New York Times.

Jackie called out those who were judging her decision.

Marie wrote a good explainer about the BRCA gene and why its presence . . . → Read More: The Chatter About Jolie

The Choice

“The Choice.” By Mark E. Robson, MD, The Huffington Post.

I must confess that I am very conflicted about adding to the river of words that have been written about Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a risk-reducing (preventive) mastectomy. She made a difficult choice, and has discussed that choice with power and grace, in the . . . → Read More: The Choice