The Jolie Effect: More Women Consider Cancer Gene Test

Sometimes all it takes is one celebrity’s simple, powerful story to help women realize the health options they have. A new Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey estimates that about 6 million women nationwide said they would seek medical advice on having preventive surgery to lower their cancer risk thanks to movie star Angelina Jolie’s announcement in May that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy. Jolie, 38, said that she also planned to have her ovaries removed after a test revealed that …

Why Angelina Jolie Chose a Preventive Mastectomy

Movie star Angelina Jolie, told she was at high risk for breast cancer, underwent a preventive double mastectomy, but a prominent cancer geneticist tells AARP the actress should also consider removing her ovaries to reduce her risk of deadly ovarian cancer. Jolie, 37, revealed in a moving essay in the New York Times today that her own mother died of ovarian  cancer at 56, which is why Jolie got genetic testing that revealed she has the BRCA1 gene mutation. This …

Pelvic Exam: One More Thing Women Can Skip?

It seems as if the annual health to-do list for women over 50 is getting shorter and shorter. All those routine tests we thought we needed every year to stay on top of things – like mammograms and Pap smears – experts now say are really unnecessary. The latest thing we should cross off the list: a yearly pelvic exam. A new study from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), says a pelvic exam, in which the physician inserts …