Thursday, April 9, 2015

Celebrity backs testing for breast cancer gene

Kelly Osbourne lauds Angelina Jolie for airing her surgeries, promoting tests for mutation 

Kelly (left) and mom Sharon Osbourne
Reality TV star Kelly Osbourne apparently has the same gene mutation that superstar Angelina Jolie has.

So did Kelly's mom, Sharon.

But, unlike her mother, who had a double mastectomy in 2012, and Jolie, who opted to have both breasts removed two years ago and her ovaries and fallopian tubes just recently, Kelly's putting off any prophylactic surgery.

She did, however, praise Jolie (while being a guest on "The Talk") for going public about it all, according to the Daily Dish column on the website.

"I applaud Angelina," the site quoted her as saying, "because she's bringing attention to this and now people are going out and getting tested for it."

The BRCA1 gene, which all three have, puts them at a higher risk for breast and ovarian cancers.

In my new VitalityPress book, "Rollercoaster: How a man can survive his partner's breast cancer," I, Woody Weingarten, deal with many of the pros and cons regarding the gene and its risks — as well as the ups and downs of being a male caregiver.

If you click here, you can read the entire Daily Dish piece.

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