Saturday, March 28, 2015

When Adele Sewell heard that Angelina Jolie Pitt had undergone surgery to remove her ovaries to prevent cancer, an experience the film star wrote about in the Daily Telegraph this week, she felt mixed emotions.
‘‘Obviously I was sad for Angelina, that she has the BRCA gene for cancer and needed such drastic surgery,’’ says the 51-year-old former technology project manager, ‘‘but I felt relief too. I was so pleased that she was brave enough to talk about this type of cancer and demystify it.’’
Adele has had BRCA-related breast and ovarian cancer: she knows what the star faces next.
‘‘Angelina must be looking at her biological children - Shiloh, eight, and six-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - and thinking, ‘when do I have The Conversation with you?’ The conversation in which she must persuade them to be tested when they are old enough to understand.
‘‘A parent with the BRCA gene knows there is 50 per cent chance that gene will be passed on. And there is nothing you can do but hope.’’

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