By now you’ve heard about Angelina Jolie’s brave decision, informed by family history and genetic testing, to take what some would call drastic measures to protect herself from breast cancer. She has undergone bilateral mastectomies and reconstruction with breast implants. She has done this under the world-media microscope, and has largely been applauded for her efforts and honesty.
By going public, Jolie has brought widespread attention to an issue that does have controversial elements. For women who test positive for the BRCA1 gene and have a maternal history of breast or ovarian cancer, pre-emptive surgery is a wise choice. However, many women who have had cancer in one breast are choosing prophylactic mastectomy of both breasts, when studies show this extreme treatment is not always needed. Often, lumpectomy—removal of a lump of cancerous breast tissue—with radiation and/or chemotherapy provides the cure, without the need for further deforming surgery. Not all breast cancers are aggressive enough to warrant prophylactic mastectomy of the normal breast, especially when the patient tests negative for the BRCA1 gene.
The concern is that many women will be clamoring for the same procedure that Jolie had, because she presumably had the best treatment. My advice is listen to your doctor, and make a rational decision with the aid of family and friends, with full awareness of all the facts.
Robert M. Tornambe, M.D. has lectured in the United States and Europe and is considered an expert in cosmetic facial and breast surgery.
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Happy birthday to the world's biggest genre
On this day in 1973, Clive Campbell, the Jamaican-American "selector" known as DJ Kool Herc, hosted a "back to school jam" at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue in the Boogie Down Bronx of New York City.
Armed with a booming sound system and reggae beats, Herc– a shortened nickname for "Hercules"– commanded insatiable audiences across the South Bronx with his unique looping technique called the "Merry-Go Round." "[I knew that] they were waiting for this particular break," Herc later said, "and I got a couple of records that got the same break up in it. I wonder how it would be if I put them all together."
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Raymond's popularity sheds light on a bizarre underside of the Animal Crossing fandom.
Raymond is a smug cat who highlights his heterochromatic eyes with hipster glasses.
He is essentially the same exact character as every other Animal Crossing villager with a "Smug" personality type, but again, and this is very important, Raymond is a cat with heterochromatic eyes and hipster glasses. As such, he has completely broken the Animal Crossing community.
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