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Jolie's Choice: A Local Doctor's View

May 15, 2013

Angelina Jolie says she had a double mastectomy this year, after learning that she had a high genetic risk of breast cancer. The actress says her doctor told her she had an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer, and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, because she carries the BRCA-1 gene. Dr. Shelly Seward is a gynecologic oncologist at Wayne State's School of Medicine. She tells WDET's Pat Batcheller the gene is rare, but a woman who has it does have a higher risk of cancer. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.