Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations have a higher risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Dubbed the 'Angelina Jolie Effect', some women with the faulty genes opt to have preventative mastectomies.
A mum-of-four has revealed how covering her mastectomy scars with a Wonder Woman tattoo made her feel strong and fearless
Twenty years ago the idea of undertaking bilateral mastectomies for a woman who had not been diagnosed with breast cancer was not only an anathema, frankly, it was considered unethical.
In just a few weeks, I'm having both of my breasts removed. At the age of 31. Why? Because it's the only reasonable option
life less ordinary banner It was the middle of spring quarter at Berkeley, so the next morning I had my class, as usual. And I had to either teach it or explain why not. It was far easier to teach, so I dropped off our daughter, Emily - who was five and three-quarters at the time - at kindergarten, along with her faithful Aussie, her Australian shepherd, who went everywhere with her. I headed down to school and taught my class.
Eight years ago, I had a double mastectomy when I was just 35 years old. Four years later, I had my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Yet I hadn't had a cancer diagnosis, or even signs or symptoms. This was purely an act of prevention.
You may have noticed people posting black and white selfies to social media with the caption ‘challenge accepted’. The posts