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Angelina Jolie revealing and New York Times op Ed today her decision to undergo a double mastectomy a prevented it.
Measure after she tested as did a genetic tests -- revealed she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer.
The National Cancer Institute says that one -- eight American women roughly 12% will develop.
Some form of breast cancer doctor -- Sussman is the director of women's imaging at Brookhaven memorial hospital.
I would think comes out of this disclosure incredible high profile woman doing something.
Taking a very drastic dramatic -- She sure has I think she's a very brave woman and I applaud her efforts.
Not only to take care of herself and her family but to.
Tell of the women of her story.
Check women nowadays GC.
First opting for this genetic tests like how much have you David and it got at least seeing that number increase in recent years.
We have although.
Once you get genetically tested and you test positive for the gene your options are few.
You can opt for something like what -- Angelina Jolie did which was a double mastectomy.
Or you can go with that -- more hyper vigilant root of examinations.
Both radio logic and clinical examinations breast MRIs mammograms.
Not many women get -- tested but once you do test positive.
On your options -- refute what type because you're like heightened.
Analysis of with MRI is sonic sense mammograms how often are we talking about if you do test positive for this -- We like to think.
Surveillance on a bi annual basis so if you do your mammograms say in January we would recommend you do -- breast MRI in June so you are.
Covered twice a year so that's what's picking up coverage what did you take it too rates the double mastectomy with potential reconstruction.
And then at the aggressive.
Analysis or you know raid logical and also sonogram.
How much -- -- will of the cost of these two different things -- insurance cover.
Quick start with a nod their double mastectomy -- -- -- insurance if it's about preventative surgery it will insurance cover it.
Preventative care such as this double mastectomy or even gene testing the blood test.
For breast cancer.
Is not mandated to be covered by any insurance company at this point.
The question as the cost long term if you were to.
Breast cancer your reducing her risk -- -- down to less than 5% by doing this procedure.
Probably although we don't think in financial terms of probably financially.
Bodes better because then say developing breast cancer and all the costs.
That are attached to that diagnosis once -- diagnosis is made so.
We think about an individual's health and welfare and that is Paramount of caught course.
-- but you asked a question about finance and preventative care it's hard to.
Justify the money up front but it probably in the long term makes good sense.
And of course it's impossible to put -- -- on some of life and -- exact -- -- for your children and your grandchildren and all of your family members but again incredible dramatic step but.
May if anything hopefully one will go get tested for the gene if they if their doctors think that there are candidates for.
Yes indeed thank you so much I always happen -- Charlie's house and be well thank intervene here part of.
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