“Knowledge is Power”

Yesterday, Angelina Jolie Pitt made headlines by publicly telling the story of her decision to undergo surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. This comes after her preventative double mastectomy a couple of years ago. Jolie Pitt has a strong family history of cancer, and discovered that she had a high likelihood of developing cancer herself.

“There is more than one way to deal with any health issue,” she wrote in an op-ed in the New York Times. “The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally.”

Through her own story, Jolie Pitt reminded us of the importance to take charge of our health, particularly if we know we are at risk of a specific condition. She chose to have preventative surgery because she had a family history of cancer, but she also discussed how there are many options for cancer treatment, and we should be aware of our risks so that we have the knowledge to deal with things.

These days, cancer screens have the ability to give us a clear picture of our risks. If we have a family history of cancer, these screens are particularly beneficial.

When we have the facts about a specific condition, we are better able to weigh our treatment options. “It is not easy to make these decisions. But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue,” Jolie Pitt wrote. “You can seek advice, learn about the options and make choices that are right for you. Knowledge is power.”

 

Read the full text of Angelina Jolie Pitt’s op-ed here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/opinion/angelina-jolie-pitt-diary-of-a-surgery.html?_r=0