eneral feeling in the medical community that women are more alarmed about developing cancer in the other breast than they need to be."Instead, regular screening remains a good option for these women, he says."Surgery is the recommended procedure for women who have the BRCA1 gene, not for those without a genetic predisposition for being at high risk for ovarian cancer," says Wender."I would be shocked if more women don't ask for this (testing)," as a result of Jolie's experience, he said.
"But compared to breast cancer, ovarian cancer is far less common."The rate of breast cancer diagnoses is 10 times the rate of ovarian cancer diagnoses, he said.
Jolie "is providing a huge service to a group of women we call 'previvors,'" says Lu."It helps put ovarian cancer on the map, equivalent to breast cancer," says Robert De Bernardo a gynecologic oncologist and director of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Cleveland Clinic's Ob/Gyn & Women's Health Institute.
Hollywood public-relations experts were even more effusive in their praise of Jolie."She is quite simply saving lives by her breathtaking honesty," says Howard Bragman, vice chairman of Reputation.com, a longtime admirer of Jolie and a veteran publicist."She's teaching a valuable lesson that disease is not something we should be ashamed of but something to conquer," he says.
In fact, the average woman doesn't have to worry about genetic testing, says Marleen Meyers, an oncologist and director of the survivorship program at New York University's Perlmutter Cancer Center."I think it's a wonderful thing to make people aware, but I also hope that people don't assume her particular path should be their path," Meyers says.
Mitchell Gaynor, a New York oncologist and author of The Gene Therapy Plan, says preventative surgery to remove ovaries and fallopian tubes sometimes is not an option, if a woman "has another cancer already such as pancreatic, stomach, or colon cancer which has spread to distant organs," he says.Once again, she's being applauded for sharing by cancer experts who say the 39-year-old filmmaker and globally admired humanitarian activist switches a spotlight on diseases that few other Americans could provide. It's not unlike the Katie Couric effect, after the then-NBC newswoman underwent a colonoscopy on TV to call attention to the need for such exams following her first husband's death from colon cancer.Result: a huge uptick in such screenings, says Richard Wender, chief cancer-control officer for the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, the largest anti-cancer organization in America. Boolbol, chief of breast surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York.Sometimes celebrities share too much in public; sometimes celeb sharing can help save lives.[tags: Cancer, Oncology, Immune system] - Ovarian cancer happens in about 22, 240 women each year, and about 14,230 will die of this cancer (American Cancer Society, 2013).It is considered the ninth most common cancer that women can have.Though everyone was pretty shocked Angie and 'Unbroken' were largely snubbed at the Golden Globes and the Oscars this year, she was in high spirits hanging with Eddie Redmayne at the Critics' Choice awards. In late January, Jolie visited Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq."I have visited Iraq five times since 2007, and I have seen nothing like the suffering I'm witnessing now," she wrote of her experience.Angelina Jolie, an otherwise fairly discreet mega-movie star (she doesn't even tweet), falls into the latter category. Jolie published Tuesday another candid essay on why she chose surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes: to help reduce her chances of getting killer cancers after genetic testing suggested she was at an elevated risk.It comes two years after she published another essay, also in The New York Times, in which she disclosed that because she has the breast cancer gene mutation and a family history, she had chosen to get a prophylactic double mastectomy to reduce her high risk of developing fatal breast cancer.