Angelina inspired a surge in cancer gene screenings

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It’s been nearly two years since Angelina Jolie revealed her decision to undergo a double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation, and her statement appears to have had a profound effect on women. According to an AARP report, there has been a huge spike—to the tune of 40 percent—in BRCA testing rates since the actress spoke out.

BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations are linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

The study looked at data from a large insurance provider, cross referenced with data from a health care research group.  They found that between the four months before and four months after Jolie’s piece was published, BRCA testing rates in this country surged from about 350 tests per week to about 500 tests per week and maintained the higher rate throughout the year. Baby boomers (50-64) were the most proactive group, followed by women ages 35-49, and…

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