NewsChannel 9 interviewed Dr. Jayne Charlamb, MD, about actress/director Angelina Jolie’s disclosure that she underwent a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing breast cancer. The Syracuse television station focused on Andrea Riccelli, another woman who chose to have her breasts removed because of an 87-percent risk of breast cancer.
“I decided I’d rather choose the preventive mastectomy rather than illness, I’d rather choose that – than have my kids see me sick, or not be here in a decade or so,” Riccelli told NewsChannel 9’s Caitlin Nuclo.
Charlamb said that many patients in the same situation also choose surgery. “It’s not perfect. We can never say you won’t get breast cancer, but it’s the most effective way. Again though, it has to be the right decision for the woman involved.”
Read/watch the Newschannel 9 coverage.