Angelina Jolie has been in the news for most of her adult life. Whether its her outfits, her dating life, her movies or even her children, most of her movements are well documented. But, recently, she was in the news for something entirely different.
Jolie’s own mother passed away at 56 from cancer. And Angelina was herself at high risk of getting sick, with doctors estimating she had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer. In other words, the odds were stacked against her.
So Angelina Jolie took matters into her own hands and elected to have a double mastectomy. What’s more, she took to the New York Times to pen a profoundly personal op-ed on the matter. (You can read that here.) Jolie’s hope is that her experiences will help other women take action to protect themselves with testing and, if need be, preventative surgeries.
At Access MediQuip, we have dealt extensively with medically necessary breast implants. And while Angelina Jolie can afford the surgery without insurance, many others can’t. That’s where Access MediQuip comes into play. We manage the end-to-end surgical process from implant acquisition to surgery and beyond. We lower the cost of the implant and make the process smoother for the patient and the surgeon. In the longer run, that makes such potentially lifesaving medical procedures more accessible to a greater number of people.
Hats off to Angelina Jolie for bringing this very important issue to light, which will hopefully save lives in a health care system that is effective and accessible when patients need it most.