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Jolie's announcement resonates locally

Local health care advocates hope Angelina Jolie's message resonates with women everywhere and brings attention to the controversial procedure. Local health care advocates hope Angelina Jolie's message resonates with women everywhere and brings attention to the controversial procedure.
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Angelina Jolie says she lost her own mother to breast cancer and didn't want her own children to wonder when she would get the disease.

Local health care advocates hope her message resonates with women everywhere and brings attention to the controversial procedure.

Donna Krow hopes today, every woman thinks a little bit more about their breast health.

"Yes, it brings all this out to the forefront and it gets everything, that's why we're here again today, because everyone goes 'oh gosh,'" she says.

Especially those women who are at a high risk.

Because those carrying the BRCA gene can have up to an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer.

"Those that truly meet the criteria are the ones that need to look at the high risk, the rest of us just need to be cognitive of your own breast health and take care of it," she says.

But taking care of it isn't always a top priority for women because of busy lifestyles.    

Krow hopes Angelina Jolie triggered that reminder to make their yearly mammogram appointment.

But she also wants women to know a double mastectomy is not always the number one option if you're diagnosed with breast cancer.

"The statistics show that a mastectomy in most cases is equal to a lumpectomy as far as survivorship. so you don't have to do a mastectomy," says Krow.

Although-a woman's decision is all their own-there are other options.

"That doesn't mean that they can't be followed through surveillance, MRI, medication and things you can take to decrease the risk."

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