Angelina Jolie’s brave decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy after learning she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene, sent shockwaves through Hollywood and around the world.
Now Doctor Kristi Funk, the surgeon who performed the double mastectomy has spoken out about Jolie’s decision for the first time. The surgeon who has also treated singer Sheryl Crowe recently spoke to Mario Lopez of Extra and revealed Angelina’s decision wasn’t based out of ‘fear.’
‘She didn’t have [the double mastectomy] right away, but probably knew with her family history that it was a choice she would eventually make,’ she said, before adding ‘Her decision was not made overnight. It wasn’t based in fear.’
12% of women will develop breast cancer at sometime within their lives, however for those with BRCA1 abnormalities the risk can be as high as 87%, say Myriad Genetics the company who created the test to screen for them. Undoubtedly the death of Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand at the age of 56 to ovarian cancer in 2007 played a big part in her decision as carrying the gene also gives women a 50% risk of developing ovarian cancer too.
Dr Funk when asked how Angelina is doing now, she replied ‘perfect’ also describing husband Brad Pitt as being ‘the coolest’ throughout the treatment.
She also revealed that Jolie’s choice to go public with her decision was always likely:
‘I knew that was her intention. She is just philanthropic to the core. She could never keep this a secret, and be who she is! She is someone who wants to save lives and she is doing that every day!’
Here at Desire Cosmetic Surgery, we salute Angelina Jolie’s brave decision and the work she’s done to raise awareness of breast cancer and preventative screening amongst women. Preparing to undergo any surgical procedure be it preventative, reconstructive or cosmetic is daunting and you may have many worries, fears and questions.
Which is why here at Desire, our surgeons will sit down with you and offer expert advice, making sure everything is totally clear before you decide to go ahead. We’ll discuss your medical history and reassure you completely.
To speak to us about booking a consultation, call 01925 595012