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Since actress Angelina Jolie’s news of her preventive double mastectomy, are you wondering whether you should be tested for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation related to breast and ovarian cancer?
USA Today reported online that only one in 500 women have this mutation that is involved in repairing genetic mistakes and increasing cancer risks.
The science of breast cancer and mastectomies reaches far beyond the headline stories, but news such as Jolie’s can serve as a reminder of the importance of doing all we can to detect breast cancer early. While all women over age 40 should be screened, certain women have higher risks than the general population.
Breast Surgeon Melissa Hulvat, MD, at the Bass Breast Center with Kalispell Regional Healthcare, offers a practical check-list:
Every aspect of the same care that Angelina Jolie received – the counseling, testing, mastectomies and reconstructions – is available here in the Flathead Valley through the Kalispell Regional Healthcare system. If you have questions, please call your primary care provider or the Bass Breast Center at 751-6488.
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