So all over the news is Angelina Jolie and how she lopped of her boobs to prevent cancer. Which she doesn’t have. Wait what? Back that train up…. She doesn’t have cancer so she decided to have a double mastectomy in case she might get it? She has the gene which makes her predisposed to it but that doesn’t mean she’ll get it. Baby is on the crazy train!
Now before you get all yelly. I applaud her guts and determination and all those other things that must have swayed her decision BUT is this insane? Why would you mutilate a perfectly healthy body on the off chance you might get cancer? It’s not even certain she will.Predictions can be wrong.
My concern with this going public is that so many women will think that doing what Angelina has done is a good idea. The gene has been identified but not every woman who has the gene develops breast cancer, so why not treat that gene. Surely science can advance to do that. Why would you mutilate your body just in case? Men don’t whip off their balls for fear of getting testicular cancer so why are women being told to do this? Where will it end? Are we going to give ourselves preventative frontal lobotomies just incase we get depression because our families are predisposed to it? I know there are preventative measures for all sorts of things and for some women this is a piece of mind thing and for others the risk is so great they really believe that doing this will stop them getting cancer but for someone so high profile to come out and admit to doing it, it saddens me. You watch double mastectomies increase, you watch women have copycat surgeries just because Angelina did. Because some people are that stupid.
The worse part…. it’s not even always a fix! There were interviews of other women who’d done this, for the same reason and now have ovarian cancer. Last night an interview aired with Angelina saying she is taking out her ovaries next because her mother died of ovarian cancer. I am sad for her. I’m sad that medicine has gone so far down the crazy train tunnel that we’re cutting off our noses to spite our faces. I hope beyond hope her decisions are right for her and she doesn’t go through all this trauma for nought but I worry that as women we are getting the wrong kind of care, and that the mutilation will continue.