Jolie Announcement Sparks Discussion On Breast Cancer Gene Testing

, Posted: Wed, May 15 2013 at 3:30 PM, Updated: Wed, May 15 2013 at 3:38 PM

A startling revelation from one of America's top leading ladies.  This week Angeline Jolie announced that she had undergone a double mastectomy, not because she has breast cancer, but in order to prevent it.  In an op-ed to the New York Times, Jolie wrote that she carried a faulty gene, the BRCA1, which sharply increased her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.  And with Jolie sharing her decision to test for that genetic mutation and undergo a double mastectomy, we asked local doctors just how common and accessible that test is.  As NBC5's Laura Cavanaugh reports, it's one that could ultimately save your life. 




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