Dr. Lee Shulman says when Angelina Jolie-Pitt speaks-- people listen.
Her talk in recent years about breast cancer prevention and risk reduction got the public's attention. He says it even increased the number of patients at his practice-- the NW Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program.
Dr. Shulman says 90-95% of ovarian cancers occur in women without a family history or genetic risk.
Not the case for the actress. One in 500 test positive for the BRCA gene mutation-- and she was one of them.
Her choices made, according to the article-- with her doctor's guidance and her particular circumstances considered. Surgery-- not the only option, Shulman says, but perhaps the right one for Angelina Jolie-Pitt.
The scary part about ovarian cancer is: it's often thought of as a killer-- that's because 80% of cases are detected in a late stage.
Dr. Shulman says he sees women like Angelina Jolie-Pitt 8-10 times a week. It’s what they do with their information in testing and treatment that separate the women one from the other statistically.
Jolie-Pitt says she will look for ways to strengthen her immune system to prevent cancers.
Her husband, Brad Pitt, was in France and was flying to the U.S.