May 19, 2013
BRCA testing: Are the medical options sensible?
Angelina Jolie's medical choice was a brave one, and the decision to share it even braver. However it looks as though, if my sources are accurate, it appears there is little benefit, actually no benefit, to prophylactic mastectomy (prophylactic meaning to prevent ever developing cancer) over screening in terms of mortality. Was Jolie's choice influenced by culture more than by the science? And will her decision spark of a conversation that moves us in a new direction?