Society’s response to Angelina Jolie announcement related to surgery and BRCA gene mutations

24 March 2015

Toronto -

The Canadian Cancer Society commends actor Angelina Jolie for her openness about her health decisions related to BRCA gene mutations in her recent opinion piece.

Preventative surgery for cancer is a personal decision. The Society encourages women who know they have BRCA gene mutations to speak with their doctors about what they can do to help reduce their risk of cancer.

Canadians who want to learn more about BRCA genes and cancer risk can visit our information page on genetic risk or call the Society's Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333. More information about reducing the risk of ovarian cancer is available on cancer.ca.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Christine Harminc

Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Phone: 416 934-5340