The Nose: Jolie's Medical Choice, Royal Polo, & A Revival Of '24'

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The Nose: Jolie's Medical Choice, Royal Polo, & A Revival Of '24'

I'm one of those odd people who still gets physical newspapers thrown into his driveway.

On Monday, I was paging trough the New York Times and came upon Angelina Jolie's now-famous essay about her decision to have her breasts removed preventively, after learning of her high genetic risk factor for beast cancer. I had the odd sensation of looking at my laptop on a nearby table and knowing that, inside it, a massive cyber-conversation was unfolding.  

We'll get into some of that conversation on today's show, but my very first thought was of how clever Jolie and her people had been in managing to start this conversation in such a dignified way. It didn't trickle out on TMZ or PerezHilton. It began in one of the last remaining dignified opinion forums, and it began not as fragment of gossip, but as a well-rounded statement of fact and personal belief.  

You can join the conversation, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.


  

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E-mail from Laura

It would have been an excellent opportunity for Angelina Jolie to note that she can afford the testing and the subsequent survey. Unfortunately, so many do not have that financial cushion, nor do they have adequate health insurance. A missed opportunity I'd say.

E-mail from Becky

I have two questions:

1- what are the 13% who don't get cancer doing right?

2- how does reconstructive surgery interfere with self breast exams.