Angelina Jolie and Cancer awareness

I have a very good friend who is currently going through Chemotherapy as a result of Breast Cancer. This is a really scary thing for both her and all who know her and it has had me thinking about the things I sometimes take for granted in this life and how transitory it can be. Then this week there has been the furor over Angelina Jolie and her decision to get a preemptive double mastectomy and now it seems everyone is talking about Cancer.

Angelina Jolie has nice knees

I won’t go over all the details here as it has been widely reported however if you want information you can go to this link which explains the procedure in some detail.

What has been clear is that this has been a polarising story and many have debated both the merits of her decision but also the relativity that she has all the financial wherewithal to do the testing, surgery, supported recovery and long road to recovery which is beyond most people. No matter what your views it has certainly raised awareness with people now able to quote information about the defective BRCA1 gene and the associated risks.

In the days following I had the opportunity to speak to a wide range of women to get their take on it. The responses were split into 3 different camps:

  1. The younger the person the more likely they were really in favour of it and felt they would do the same
  2. If the person had experienced Cancer in their family they were almost unanimous in feeling the same
  3. If the person was over 35 they were more likely to suggest caution before contemplating something so drastic

That being said all felt it was an amazing thing and were happy that more people were at least talking about Cancer and being aware of the need to always be vigilant just in case. The Cancer Council have a range of things they suggest to help with early detection and that is a significant step to surviving any type of Cancer.

I guess what is important is that if you feel you have major risk factors then you should get all the information you can and make whatever decisions are best for you.

It’s your life so take control and don’t just hope it won’t happen to you.

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  1. Hey Michael great article and thanks for spreading awareness on this matter. What ever decisions people make when going through this situation it is a personal decision and therefore is the right one. Whether it is a pre preventative treatment before possible diagnosis or adjuvant (as in my case) or neo adjuvant therapy or the option of no therapy or opting for the non traditional/big pharama therapies does not give the right for others to judge or condemn. They do not walk in your shoes. This is about someone making the right decision based on THEIR situation that they feel most comfortable with and whatever the choices one makes, none are easy. I have found going through this experience that everyone’s situation is different however many share the same roller coaster ride of emotions. Particularly when facing your potential mortality. I consider the fact that women do have these options available to them, to be able to take control over the medical path they CHOOSE to take – a positive step

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