Before you get weirded out by Natalie Portman's dad commenting on a celebrities drastic choice about her boobs, we should clarify that Natalie Portman's dad is a doctor — and besides, it wasn't just a choice about boobs, it was a choice about health and living a long life!
Dr. Avner Hershlag is the chief of the Center for Human Reproduction at North Shore LIJ and also Natalie Portman's dad. He's spoken out about having the utmost respect for Angelina while sharing his own medical insight. Here's what he had to say:
"I feel a lot of adulation towards her announcement. She is doing so much service for so many women. Imagine a woman who did not know she should be tested. She sees Angelina's announcement, gets tested today and finds out in a few weeks that she's positive for BRCA. The Angelina announcement could save her life."
Without this possibility, we're sure Angelina would have stayed quiet about it! But since it's a huge issue and she could potentially help even ONE person, THAT'S why she told us!
"There is a 50 percent chance to pass the gene on to your children…It's a statistical risk. The genetics on kids is a big deal from an emotional point of view. When someone tests positive for the mutation it has an implication for the entire family. If someone's positive, their siblings should be tested. If they test negative, that means their children don't risk having the mutation.
"Women with the gene who are seeking to have children or want more children should go to fertility doctors and discuss doing IVF treatments. We can prevent women passing on the mutation to their children because we can identify the gene in the embryo…We can ensure only the embryos that test negative for the mutation are used for pregnancy."
"If women are afraid of removing their ovaries, have your eggs frozen. You don't have to use them right away, if at all. Everyone has the BRCA gene. But when someone is affected by it, it means they have a change in the gene, a mutation. There is a BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 mutation. Each of them comes along with an 80% breast cancer over your lifetime and over 30% chance of ovarian cancer."
Just think about this for a second: would we have just learned all that, from Natalie Portman's dad, had Angelina Jolie not made the decisions she made?
Kinda makes you think!
We hope this leads to a LOT of people staying healthy!
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