Angelina Jolie, who has the BRCA1 gene which increases your risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, recently announced she had her ovaries removed to prevent cancer.
"This really is an individual decision for each woman," said genetic counselor, Cheryl Knight, MS, LCGC with Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute. Cheryl is the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program Coordinator. "Each woman needs to plot a course based on her own personal health history and her reproductive decisions. Current guidelines suggest a woman who has a BRCA1 mutation make a decision by age 40. It should be a process. Each woman needs to consult with her doctor and consider all the options."
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FORCE, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, holds support groups for women with the BRCA1 in the Philadelphia area. FORCE is also holding their international conference in May in Philadelphia for people and families affected by hereditary cancer or BRCA mutation.
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