What you should know about Angelina Jolie’s BRCA-1 gene and ovarian cancer

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WATCH ABOVE: Dr. Samir Gupta explains what you need to know about Angelina Jolie and ovarian cancer. 

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TORONTO – Angelina Jolie revealed in a New York Times op-ed Tuesday that she has had her ovaries removed, and described her experience with the BRCA 1 mutation.

As with when she wrote about having her breasts removed in 2013, she has raised a great deal of awareness about breast and ovarian cancer, BRCA mutations, and cancer in general.

BRCA 1 and 2 stand for breast cancer type 1 and 2 susceptibility genes, which are inherited genetic mutations.  Although these are only responsible for about 10 per cent of overall breast cancers and 15 per cent of overall ovarian cancers, the women who carry these mutations have a 50 to 60 per cent lifetime risk of breast cancer a 20 to…

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