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Ricky Sinclair Shares Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy
Celebrated Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie, 37, revealed on Tuesday that she recently completed preventive double mastectomy due to a "faulty" gene that left her susceptible to an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer.
"I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people's hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action," said Jolie.
About one in 500 women have a mutation in genes called BRCA1 or BRCA2, which are involved in repairing genetic mistakes.
Having a mutation in BRCA1 gives women a 54% chance of developing breast cancer and a 39% chance of ovarian cancer by age 70, according to the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Having a double mastectomy can reduce those risks by more than 90%, although there is still a small risk that cancer could develop in the skin left behind, or in the armpit.
"What's been striking about Angelina Jolie for these past seven or eight years is how she marries her public persona for what she perceives to be the public good," says People managing editor Larry Hackett. "She's very, very shrewd by using her celebrity for the public betterment, for issues she cares about." (http://www.usatoday.com/
“It is so great to hear about news that can help others instead of just gossip that tears down someone’s life,” states Bishop Ricky Sinclair.(http://www.rickysinclair.com) “I applaud Ms. Jolie for coming forth with news that can potentially help other women in becoming aware of this gene and an importance on detecting it. It doesn’t mean that women have to follow in suit behind Angelina Jolie but it does show that no matter what the fame and fortune that none are excluded from disease and illness. It is important to know the truth and base a decision on the truth.”
The Bible is the everlasting truth for us all to follow. Many will say that Jesus died on the cross so that we may be healed from infirmity. Other will say that God gave doctors the knowledge in order to heal us. Both are true and sometimes healing is actually death. That is when there is no more sickness and suffering in our lives and we will be completely healed.
Whichever decision you make, you have to have the faith to stand firm with it. Each person has to search and study for themselves in order to know what the best decision is. It takes a strong individual to come out in public with what some would call weakness in order to empower others.
Ricky Sinclair is the bishop of Miracle Place Church (http://www.miracleplacechurch.org). A religious organization that provides a long list of services to the community, Miracle Place Church is cherished by its congregation and the many individuals whom they impact. Ricky Sinclair provides strong leadership to the members of the church, teaching them how to honor God and serve others while improving their relationships with Christ. Through his work, Ricky Sinclair has enhanced the lives of countless individuals, as he has assisted them in developing their spirituality and serving their Lord.