Angelina Jolies' news inspires others

May 24, 2013

In May actress Angelina Jolie made headlines that fueled a national discussion about proactive healthcare. After a genetic test revealed that she carried a gene associated with breast cancer, Jolie announced that she had a double-mastectomy to prevent breast cancer. The genetic test that convinced Jolie to make her decision is available in southern Oregon at Providence Medford Medical Center.

Providence offers free hereditary breast and ovarian cancer risk assessments, which include a questionnaire and a comprehensive look at family medical history, and counseling about options that includes genetic testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Patients who test positive have up to an 87 percent of developing breast cancer and about a 47 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer.