Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Angelina Jolie and Breast Cancer Prevention

By now you've probably heard about actress Angelina Jolie's prophylactic double mastectomy. She wrote about it in an op-ed for the New York Times. Because of her ability to get genetic testing, Jolie found out that she's a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, one that increases a woman's chance for getting breast cancer. To reduce her risk, she opted for a controversial double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. This choice has sparked a debate in pop culture and in healthcare.

Here are a few of the issues and some corresponding articles about them from the Libraries' HealthSource database:

  • Should women have preventive mastectomies?
    This 2011 article from European Journal of Cancer Care reports high satisfaction in patients.
  • Does Angelina Jolie's financial situation put her at an unfair advantage?
    An article from the Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law explores the ethics of the affordability of health insurance.
  • What are the implications of knowing your genetic code?
    A 2006 article from the Journal of Nursing Scholarship explores the ethics of genetic testing.
What do you think? 

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