Angelina Jolie & Breast Cancer

Angelina Jolie & Breast Cancer

What would you do if you found out that cancer could be lurking in your genes? More people are getting news like that these days as more kinds of cancer are being linked to specific genes and genetic tests let doctors screen your individual genome for signs of susceptibility to the disease. Is the only choice in these cases to remove the part of you that might develop cancer? Hank has some thoughts on this question and more in today’s SciShow.

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References
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/BRCA
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-12/jaaj-ser121312.php
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-03/uotm-wwb030509.php
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Therapy/preventive-mastectomy
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/assets/docs_a_e/environmental_factors_and_breast_cancer_risk_508.pdf

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