The all too well-known BRCA1 gene is a genetic mutation generally found in women that causes breast cancer.
Breast cancer will affect 12% of the women population in the world, making it one of the most common forms of cancer, alongside skin cancer.
Two years ago, Angelina Jolie was tested for the BRCA1 gene and was told she had a 87% chance of getting breast cancer. She was also told she had a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer.
A lot to digest?
Yes, but this is nothing new. Hundreds of thousands of women develop breast cancer every year, but Ms. Jolie took a bolder approach than most.
She had a double mastectomy two years ago, and recently had her ovaries removed as an extreme, but somewhat necessary, preventative measure
Her strong voice in the media has been an inspiration to many women, as she shows the not so glamorous side of her life, and the honest fear she felt when she received the news that she had a very large chance of developing breast or ovarian cancer.
She’s a whole lotta woman, with a whole lotta courage.