In May of 2013, Angelina Jolie went public with her decision to undergo a prophylactic (preventive) double mastectomy, reducing her risk of breast cancer from 87 percent to just 5 percent. As ACSH s Dr. Gil Ross said in response to her
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) used to be frequently prescribed for women undergoing the negative effects of menopause, such as hot flashes and poor sleep. But starting around 2002, when the Women s Health Initiative data were published that found a link between HRT and breast cancer, use of HRT dropped precipitously.
Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose before it progresses, and thus far there are no effective ways to screen women for it. However, a new method may help detect the disease in its early stages.