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The Black Book of the American Left: Volume 2 — The Progressives

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Barbara Kay: Angelina Jolie is providing an admirable service to women

Posted on 2015-03-26 08:02:51

Like a number of women I know, megastar Angelina Jolie has the BRAC gene that puts the carrier at extremely high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Some of my friends with the gene opted to have a mastectomy and an oophorectomy – removal of the ovaries – to radically the reduce the chances of getting cancer. I would have done exactly the same. Both Ms Jolie’s mother and grandmother died from ovarian cancer. When she decided to go public about her decision to undergo a double mastectomy in 2013 as what she considered a public service in raising awareness about pro-active screening, some people called her “heroic” – heroic? How about “rational”? – but others criticized her for scare-mongering. Now, concerned over warning signs in a routine examination, Ms Jolie has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed (no cancer was found). In her published “Diary of a Surgery,” the actor continued to urge mindfulness on her fans, and encourage them to take greater control of their destiny through knowledge. That certainly makes sense to me, and to many others. Yet once again Ms Jolie has her critics. Why should Ms Jolie be punished for the nonsensical whims of Gwynneth Paltrow or of anti-vaxxer Jenna McCarthy? Such as Timothy Caulfield, the Canada research chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta and author of “Is Gwynneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash.” Caulfield challenges the “knowledge is power” truism: “There’s this belief in our society that more information about our health is always better, and that’s not the case.” Several studies focused on Ms Jolie’s sharing of her health status have found that while she “had a long and powerful impact” on genetic testing, it did not, according to one American study, find that it increased people’s ability to understand the risk of getting cancer. The study reports that “while three of four Americans were aware of Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy,........

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The Black Book of the American Left: Volume 2 — The Progressives

Barbara Kay: How utterly irrational faith-based global-warming theory is In an April 30 article, “Climate change and health: Extreme heat a ‘silent’ killer, Globe and Mail reporter Karen McColl...


Barbara Kay on how you know you’re a pit bull fanatic (Video)

Latest Column

Barbara Kay: Angelina Jolie is providing an admirable service to women

Posted on 2015-03-26 08:02:51

Like a number of women I know, megastar Angelina Jolie has the BRAC gene that puts the carrier at extremely high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Some of my friends with the gene opted to have a mastectomy and an oophorectomy – removal of the ovaries – to radically the reduce the chances of getting cancer. I would have done exactly the same. Both Ms Jolie’s mother and grandmother died from ovarian cancer. When she decided to go public about her decision to undergo a double mastectomy in 2013 as what she considered a public service in raising awareness about pro-active screening, some people called her “heroic” – heroic? How about “rational”? – but others criticized her for scare-mongering. Now, concerned over warning signs in a routine examination, Ms Jolie has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed (no cancer was found). In her published “Diary of a Surgery,” the actor continued to urge mindfulness on her fans, and encourage them to take greater control of their destiny through knowledge. That certainly makes sense to me, and to many others. Yet once again Ms Jolie has her critics. Why should Ms Jolie be punished for the nonsensical whims of Gwynneth Paltrow or of anti-vaxxer Jenna McCarthy? Such as Timothy Caulfield, the Canada research chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta and author of “Is Gwynneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash.” Caulfield challenges the “knowledge is power” truism: “There’s this belief in our society that more information about our health is always better, and that’s not the case.” Several studies focused on Ms Jolie’s sharing of her health status have found that while she “had a long and powerful impact” on genetic testing, it did not, according to one American study, find that it increased people’s ability to understand the risk of getting cancer. The study reports that “while three of four Americans were aware of Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy,........

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