Local doctors, patients weigh in on Angelina Jolie’s cancer prevention choice

Angelina Jolie announced today she had both of her breasts removed in an effort to stave off a cancer her mother died of at 56.

Statistics show most women, even breast cancer patients, do not carry the BRCA gene. Speaking to your doctor if you have breast or ovarian cancer in your family and seeking a geneticist is the best way for you to find answers.  Knowledge is power in the war against cancer and the BRCA gene which not only raises the risk for breast and ovarian cancers but is also associated with prostate and melanoma skin cancer.

Chicago area doctors weigh in on the best ways for you to protect yourself. And a young mother who had the surgery, says after a double mastectomy, she has never felt more alive.

WGN’s Dina Bair has more.

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