Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, in case you hadn’t heard. How dare she remove those ticking time bombs from her chest, amiright? Like, hasn’t she learned by now that her body is public domain and we all get to vote on what she does with it? Sheesh, how selfish can ya get.
I do think it is a drastic step and worry about folks making decisions based on her case. It is a very personal decision with many factors involved and people should do it because it will be better physically/psychologically for the individual, not because Angelina did it. Angelina has a very close relative, her mother, who died from cancer. She has little children she is making this decision for as well. Her partner is very supportive of her. The screening is expensive and she can afford both screening and surgery. Everyone has different situations to face. Each individual’s situation should be considered equally before making this personal decision.
I applaud her for her courage to do make this strong decision. A couple years ago, I was deciding if I should do the screening based on family history. However, I made the decision not to as well as being advised by my trusted doctor that it will only make me worry….the screening will only show that I have a chance of getting cancer or not. However, nothing is absolute - with a positive result, I will have to worry about cancer when I don’t have it now. Can I afford a drastic decision at this age, this financial situation? Even if the screening comes out negative, I still have a chance of getting cancer.