Angelina Jolie attracted widespread publicity when she announced that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy. In an op-ed for The New York Times, the actress revealed that she had made this decision after learning she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene. Of writing the essay, Jolie said, “I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the ... Read More
Every October, companies release products in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Now, pink-washing (making products pink in the name of Breast Cancer awareness) can be a dangerous trend as we have seen in previous years and even recently. But here at BUST we have complied a list of fun items to purchase to look good and feel good. Why feel good? Our list donates 100% (yes, you read that right) of the proceeds to cancer awareness and research.
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Meet Tsunami, the cancer-fighting dog
You’ve heard stories about dogs saving lives (my own dog shielded me from a fire when I was a newborn!), but here’s a new one for you: some really amazing dogs are learning how to detect ovarian cancer before modern medicine can. That’s right: dogs can detect faint odors associated with the disease.
The dogs over at the University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog Center are being trained to ... Read More
BY Laurel Walsh
on May 16, 2013
If Angelina’s double mastectomy has you thinking about your own cancer prevention options, here’s a heads up.
What Jolie calls her “faulty gene,” BRCA1, is one of two genetic mutations that increase a woman’s chances of having breast and ovarian cancer. Not many people have these kinds of mutations, but for those who do, odds are they’ll develop the disease at some point in their lives.
The good news – a biotech company ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on May 14, 2013
In a recent op-ed piece, acclaimed actress and director Angelina Jolie revealed her personal experience with preventative breast cancer methods. She carries a “faulty gene” that highly increases her chances of developing ovarian and breast cancer. When she discovered that she had an 87% risk of breast cancer, Jolie decided to take action. Her choice was to undergo a preventative double mastectomy. After three months of procedures and surgery, ... Read More