Every Invasive Breast Tumor Needs This Test

Women who have been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer – meaning a tumor in the tissue, not in a duct – must be tested for the HER2 gene and protein, according to new guidelines from two expert groups. The HER2 test can indicate whether a tumor is aggressive and fast-growing. If the test shows a tumor is HER2-positive, meaning it has an extra copy of the HER2 gene or high levels of HER2 protein, a woman can be treated with …

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 …