The 411 on Mastectomies

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Why Have a Mastectomy If You Don’t Have Breast Cancer?

While Sykes was actually diagnosed with breast cancer, Jolie was not. But in her case, and the cases of many other women like her who are genetically predisposed to cancer, a mastectomy is used as a preventative measure. Jolie told the Times that she tested positive for the gene BRCA1. Jolie’s mother died of ovarian cancer. 

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