organic foods; Avoid environmental toxins, especially estrogen mimickers; Supplement smart; Avoid sugar; Stop smoking, drinking in excess, and charring your meats; Avoid hormone therapy; Know your alternatives for breast cancer screening; Reduce your stress. Increase your sleep; Exercise; Breastfeed" (Read more on these here). This is worth the try, isn't it? Consider the fact that, 458,000 people die of breast cancer every year according to the World Health organization, mainly in low and middle income countries---a fact quoted by Julie' herself in the New York Times article. Julie goes on emphasizing that the cost to test for the above mentioned genes is about $3,000 in the US and this is a big obstacle.
Other obstacles could be lack of support. Luckily, the actress was fortunate to have a supporting partner, Brad Pitt, and thus she advises all partners out there who have a loved one undergoing such hard choices to show their love all the way through. She states, " We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and it would bring us closer. And it has."
For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options. I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices. Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of" (1).
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1- The New York Times-Angelina Julie: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html?hp&_r=1&
2 - The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/05/the-court-case-looming-behind-angelina-jolies-breast-cancer-column/275857/
3- Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/angelina-jolies-breast-cancer-gene-at-center-of-patent-case-2013-5
4- Supreme Court of the United States Blog (SCOTUS Blog): http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/association-for-molecular-pathology-v-myriad-genetics-inc/?wpmp_switcher=desktop
5 - Vancouver Observer: http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/greenmama/what-you-need-know-about-protecting-your-breasts-after-angelina-jolies-mastectomy