Angelina Jolie Raised Much Awareness by Sharing Double Mastectomy Experience

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Angelina Jolie started what is now referred to as the "Angelina Effect" when she shared publicly she had undergone a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer back in May of 2013.

Testing positive for a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, which significantly raises the chances of developing breast cancer, Angelina Jolie opted to undergo the preventative surgery. In doing so she significantly raised awareness about the disease.

She also raised awareness about the use of women's fat tissue in the breast reconstruction process. In addition, women have learned that in most cases they can have reconstructive surgery at the same time they have their breasts removed.

A 2014 study in the U.K. shows that more women have genetic testing for breast cancer risk since Angelina Jolie went public with her test results.

Angelina Jolie didn't have to share her very personal struggle with her breast surgery, but in doing so she made women all around the world even more aware of some of the options available to them.

Did your understanding of genetic testing and breast cancer surgery increase following Angelina Jolie's testing and surgery?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.