Tuesday 14 May 2013

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Statement from Breast Cancer Care

Commenting on news that Angelina Jolie has had a preventative double mastectomy after inheriting a faulty BRCA gene. Emma Pennery Clinical Director at leading support charity Breast Cancer Care said:

“Angelina’s experience will resonate with the many women we support each day.

'We welcome Angelina’s comments which highlight this important issue and encourage women in a similar situation to find support. It’s important that anyone who has inherited a faulty BRCA gene is able to make an informed decision about risk-reducing surgery and other options available to them. It is positive that Angelina feels surgery has not reduced her femininity though we know that people’s experiences of surgery will vary.

'Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. So even if a relative has the disease it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are more likely to get breast cancer. Fewer than 10% of all breast cancers are caused by faulty breast cancer genes; the two most commonly linked to hereditary breast cancer are BRCA1 and BRCA2.

'If you’re concerned about your risk talk to a healthcare professional – this could be your GP or if you have breast cancer your breast care team.'

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About Breast Cancer Care

When breast cancer and its treatment overshadow everything we see the woman underneath. Breast Cancer Care is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to providing emotional and practical support for anyone affected. Our free helpline information-packed website and online forums offer a friendly ear and expert information to those dealing with this life-threatening disease. Across the UK we offer a range of confidential face-to-face services for people living with and beyond breast cancer. We campaign for better support and care and promote the importance of early detection involving people with breast cancer in all that we do. Visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call our free helpline on 0808 800 6000.

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