The Angelina Jolie Effect Was Real, Hard Data in US and Australia Confirms

The Angelina Jolie Effect Was Real, Hard Data in US and Australia Confirms
Healthcare professionals have speculated for some time that Angelina Jolie's decision to have a mastectomy in 2013 to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer prompted a lot of other women to do the same. A joint American-Australian study is offering hard statistics that appear to show that speculation about what news organizations call the Angelina Jolie Effect was right. The star of many movies, Jolie is one of the most recognizable people in the world. In addition to acting, she's known for her philanthropy, including being a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. Jolie decided to have a mastectomy because tests showed she had a gene mutation associated with the development of breast cancer. She publicized the decision, she said, in hopes of prompting other women at risk of developing the cancer to consider this preventive option. Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York State and the University of New South Wales in Australia decided to search for evidence that would demonstrate that the Jolie Effect was more than just speculation. An examination of hospital discharge data in New York State and New South Wales between 2004 and 2014 showed a significant increase in risk-reducing mastectomies starting in May 2013, three months after Jolie’s announcement. Twenty months after Jolie's announcement, the average rate of preventive surgical breast removals in New York State was 6.3 cases every two months, researchers found. That was almost twice the rate of 3.3 cases every two months 20 months before her announcement. This meant that In just over three years, the number of preventive surgery cases per million women had nearly doubled. The results In New South
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