everyday living Angelina's Choice: Knowing Your Options For Breast And Ovarian Cancer Prevention May 23, 2013 Written By: BreastImplants.org Published On May 23, 2013 A-List Opts In For Surgery Angelina Jolie, a member of Hollywood's A-list and wife to Brad Pitt, recently published a New York Times article, describing her decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy after realizing she carries a mutated gene, BRCA1. This discovery increases her risk of breast cancer to 87% and her risk of ovarian cancer to 50%.The publication of her Op-Ed piece, along with fellow celebrities, Sharon Osbourne and Wanda Sykes' similar confessions, has stimulated a lively discussion surrounding the choices available to women who are faced with the threat of breast and ovarian cancer. Please Read This: Why Home Breast Exams Matter With the onslaught of medical innovation, it makes sense that women who are predisposed to these types of cancer are gaining a firmer handle on their predicaments. While many applaud Jolie's understandably tough decision to undergo such an intensive surgery for preventive causes, this decision may not be ideal, or even affordable, for all women in a similar situation. For those who decide against surgery, other preventive measures are available. You Might Like This: Dogs Detect Breast Cancer Regular Check Ups One alternative is diligent surveillance. This means cancer screenings through mammography and clinical breast exams as an approach for possible early detection. For ovarian cancer, transvaginal ultrasounds, blood tests for CA-125 antigen, and clinical exams can also act as appropriate methods of surveillance. Preventive Medication Surveillance is made more efficient when joined with chemoprevention. This involves using natural or synthetic substances that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing or returning cancer. One approach to this method is the drug, tamoxifen, an FDA approved breast cancer treatment with a 50% success rate in reducing the risk of disease. Exercise Daily behaviors, when acted out over long periods of time, can greatly affect overall health, including the risk of cancer. There is substantial evidence that shows an association with regular physical activity and the reduced risk of breast cancer in women. Through choosing to partake in these physical behaviors, likelihood of disease can be dramatically decreased. Beyond the medical options available, the most important thing is to be aware of the state of your health and visit your doctor regularly. While those with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer are more inclined to the disease, it is universally beneficial to play the offense and take control of your physical health. Recommended Articles everyday living Lifecycle Of An Implant everyday living P-ink.org Covers Up Mastectomy Scars everyday living Enlargement For Enlistment? The Army's Policies On Cosmetic Surgery everyday living Breast Augmentation Throughout History everyday living Victoria Beckham Breast Implant Removal Most Searched Questions What size is right for me? How much does breast augmentation cost? What should I ask my plastic surgeon? How do I find a plastic surgeon? Tags: everyday living Comments Learn More: Nipple Piercings Before And After Breast Augmentation Surgery Tattoos Do's And Don'ts Exercises And Massage After Breast Augmentation Post Surgery: Pros And Cons Of Taking Antibiotics For Dental Work How To Deal With Reactions To The New You Can A New Breast Cancer Shot Reduce Treatment Side Effects?