Dr Oz: Angelina Jolie Preventative Double Mastectomy
After learning she was at risk for breast cancer due to family history and genetics, Angelina Jolie opted to have a double mastectomy performed. The surgery dropped her risk of cancer from 87 percent down to 5 percent in just the amount of time it took to complete the surgery.
Angelina Jolie has said she made the decision for her own health reasons but also because s
he wanted to empower women everywhere to take charge of their own health.
Blood Tests Can Reveal Severity Of Cancer Risk
Dr. Marisa Weiss, a breast cancer survivor, said if you know you have an elevated risk for cancer, you need to talk with your doctor about the different options you have. She said there is a certain blood test that can be done which will reveal whether your have a gene abnormality that makes you more likely to develop cancer. While Dr. Oz thought the test was excellent, he wanted everyone to know those results are going to petrify you or empower you. There is no middle ground when it comes to cancer.
Would you have the test done? What would you do if you found out your risk for developing cancer was very high? These are the questions Dr. Oz wanted everyone to think about.
Blood Test Finds Cancer Risk, Costs $4,000
While many women would probably be too terrified to have the test done, Dr. Oz said the financial burdens of the test are also weighing women down. Dr. Weiss said if you can prove a family history of breast cancer, the insurance company will cover the test. If not, you may have to pay out of pocket for the test which costs between $3,300 and $4,000. Dr. Weiss suggested looking into funding through the hospital or different organizations if you want to have the test done but don’t have the finances.
Four Women, Four Different Reasons For Breast Cancer Blood Test
Dr. Oz talked with four women who all have increased risk of cancer but each of them had different feelings about whether or not they would take the blood test.
Two of the women said are not ready for the test because their fear of the test outweighs the knowledge they have about breast cancer.
Dr. Oz also talked with twin sisters who had the test done on both of them, revealing to them they both had a gene abnormality. One of the twins opted for a double mastectomy while the other has decided to do nothing during this stage of her life.