It’s been about one year since Angelina Jolie’s New York Times op-ed, “My Medical Choice,” made waves in the media.
While the media buzz was widespread, a recent study shows that the majority of women still do not understand their risk as related to the BRCA1 gene, nor have they made changes to be savvier about their breast and ovarian health.
In an effort to turn awareness into action this month, we remind women to be proactive about their health and assess their risk by having an open, honest conversation with their medical professionals if something doesn’t feel right.
There are also online tools in the form of quizzes like Bright Pink’s Assess Your Risk tool to learn about potential risk factors and help identify ways we can help prevent breast and ovarian cancer. The quiz is smart and cute and only takes a few minutes to complete. It offers little tidbits of information about living a healthy lifestyle, which can not only reduce your risk of cancer but heart disease and stress.
At the end of the quiz you can save and/or print your results to have a proactive conversation with your doctor. What are you waiting for?