It turns out I have more in common with Angelina Jolie than just a love of Mr Brad Pitt. Long bouncy hair? Fabulous lips? Yes both of those too… but she has also disclosed today that she has had a preventative double mastectomy, after learning she too carried this awful BRCA gene. With an 87 per cent risk of breast cancer, she made the decision I would make again today.
I was less private than Angelina when going through my surgeries. And I have shared my journey to date with anyone willing to listen. But not simply because I like to tell a good yarn, although I definitely do … yet another trait I have inherited from Lord Y along with the gene. But because we need to change the future for our children by understanding more about our genetic make-up.
So today, thanks to Jolie putting BRCA back on the map, I have been interviewed by BBC World Service, BBC1, ITV, Channel 5 and many others. And together with Bec Astley Clarke, founder of Astley Clarke, we have revealed the Breast Cancer Campaign bracelet which will raise awareness and funds for BRCA and other genetic research.
The bracelet will go on sale from 6th June on www.astleyclarke.com and in their concessions in Selfridges, Harrods and Liberty. It costs £110 of which 20% will go directly to the Breast Cancer Campaign scientists working with the BRCA gene.
And we should really thank Angelina for coming forward with her personal, brave story – just 3 weeks before we launch our BRCA bracelet.
For more information about the amazing research carried out by Breast Cancer Campaign, click here.