As women, we’re often advised that one of the best ways to beat breast cancer is by preventing it from happening in the first place. For most of us, that usually means getting a mammogram yearly, but unfortunately, some women must go to extremes and that means undergoing a mastectomy to remove abnormal breast cells.
Earlier this year, Angelina Jolie made headlines when she announced that she would be undergoing a double mastectomy. The decision came after the Academy-winning actress learned that she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer due to a rare breast-and-ovarian-cancer gene BRCA1, as well as a long family history of cancer.
This surprising research was gathered over a 20-year-long period and the researchers closely examined the data of 100,000 women in a national cancer registry. In addition to mastectomies not being preventative against breast cancer, the study suggested that having abnormal breast cells doesn’t necessarily increase a woman’s risk of developing or succumbing to the illness.