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May 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy

Reform health care

Dr Kirsti Funk, far right, walks in front of nurses from the Pink Lotus Breast Center, before making a statement regarding Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy. (Nick Ut / The Associated Press)

Dr Kirsti Funk, far right, walks in front of nurses from the Pink Lotus Breast Center, before making a statement regarding Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy. (Nick Ut / The Associated Press)

As a woman from a family in which breast cancer runs rampant, I found Angelina Jolie’s story particularly interesting [“Jolie puts a stark choice in spotlight,” page one, May 15]. While I have never considered Jolie an ideal role model by any means, I appreciate her decision and honesty regarding that decision.The article by Carol Ostrom brought to my attention some issues regarding patents and insurance that I had previously been unaware of. It is appalling to me that one is able to patent a human gene and prohibit tests from being used outside of research.

Cancer is an incredibly serious and prevalent issue, and it is amazingly selfish of these private companies to withhold treatment and a potential cure from those who need it. Hopefully there will be a reform in the health-care system in the near future.

Lauren Henderson, Seattle

0 Comments | Topics: Angelina Jolie, breast cancer, cancer

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