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Angelina Jolie’s brave decision is saving lives
Ever since The Famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie revealed that she had both of her breasts removed, many other women are getting proactive to find out their risk of getting breast cancer. More than 175 events took place across the U.S. and Canada on october 16th, 2013 as everyone celebrated BRA Day (Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day) to help spreading awareness and educate women about Breast Reconstruction options after cancer. Dr. Jay Orringer who treated actress Angelina Jolie when she underwent reconstructive surgery after a preventive double mastectomy earlier this year, explained that the actress’s decision to have the mastectomy has encouraged other women to be proactive about their health care. The plastic surgeon who was part of Angelina Jolie’s medical team for her double mastectomy and breast reconstruction spoke publicly for the first time since Jolie’s surgery. He discussed the “team approach” to breast cancer care in which reconstruction options are part of the conversation a woman has with her doctors before she has a mastectomy. ‘I’m seeing in my practice already women who are saying, ‘I was inspired by that to get gene testing,” Orringer says. “We commend Ms. Jolie’s courageous decision to share her personal story. It has expanded the discussion on this important women’s health issue,” Dr. Jonathan Weiser, MD, of Physician’s Institute said in a statement at one of the events.