Angelina Jolie is a good example
Neither fame nor fortune is any defence against cancer, a point emphasised by the decision of Hollywood A-lister Angelina Jolie to undergo a double mastectomy because she carries the BRCA1 gene which greatly increases her risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.
Like the three Northern Ireland women who underwent the same operation and who tell their stories in this newspaper today, Angelina must have been devastated to realise she carried the gene and what her best option was. But at least they found out in time and could take action to lessen the risk and probably save their lives. And their courage in speaking out may help other women to take the test for the gene and to make informed judgments about their future health.