Angelina Jolie, the glamorous queen of Hollywood had undergone double mastectomy in May last year. Reports suggested that by announcing her surgery publically, Angelia Jolie has inspired a number of female fans. Jolie, who is 39 had her both breasts removed in 2013 after her tests showed positive results for BRCA1 mutation. The mutation is a high risk factor for developing breast cancer in later life. Since then women are following Angelina’s steps by going for genetic screening for BRCA1 mutation in masses.
According to a research analysis done this Friday, Angelina Jolie’s attempt to get her breasts removed had convinced women of Britain more than double to go for a breast cancer test. The actress thought that by announcing her surgery she could help women fight the disease and could also bring awareness among women regarding incidence of breast cancer; and at some point she perceived rightly.
The research that was conducted this week covered 21 clinics and local genetic centres. The results depicted a total of 4,847 people showing up for tests in the month of June and July last year as compared to 1,981 referrals during the same period in 2012. The conclusion of the study that can be labelled “Angelina Jolie effect” apparently gained much popularity in 2013. Also, Angelia Jolie’s public appearance after her surgery and Brad Pitt’s full support is an optimistic hint for women undergoing this surgery.