It’s not always the case, but sometimes it does pay to follow in a celebrity’s footsteps—especially when he or she is setting a good, healthy example. One great example is BCRA testing. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women over 20. Mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes cause approximately seven percent of breast cancer cases and up to 15 percent of ovarian cancer cases.
Certain celebrities chose to have double mastectomies when it was found that they had the “faulty gene” BRCA1. In some cases, this lowers the chance of developing breast cancer to five percent. Some six million women nationwide said they would seek medical advice on preventative surgery after hearing of celebrity procedures. Celebrity action motivates many people to behave the same way. London Breast Institute figures showed genetic testing for BRCA mutations at their clinic had risen 67 percent since celebrities have brought light to the situation.
BRCA testing can absolutely change your life. To learn more, be sure to check out the full infographic below!