When the news of actress Angelina Jolie aired yesterday, it was only a matter of minutes before our own local news favorite Amy Lange, with Fox 2 News contacted us. Although it’s been 2 years since Amy interviewed our Amy, she hasn’t stopped thinking about her and admired her heroic and courageous fight against cancer. Amy Lange met with Don yesterday who shared his heart-felt loss of his wife and mother of his son. Our AMYAZING AMY would be so proud that her story continues to be heard and is still helping to spread the word of early detection and prevention for breast cancer. THANK YOU Amy Lange for including and remembering our angel Amy in your story. She is deeply missed and will never be forgotten.
Please watch the link below to see the news story that Amy Lange did and to see and hear our AMYAZING Amy in the video.
A courageous decision by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is a serious reality for so many people right here in our community – and it’s no guarantee…
2 metro Detroit women made same decision as Jolie to cut cancer risk
Anita Fabian is a mother of three who had a double mastectomy and her fallopian tubes and ovaries removed after genetic testing showed she is predisposed to breast and ovarian cancer.
“My mom had cancer when I was 13, and she died when I just turned 25,” Fabian explained. “I didn’t want my babies to be without a mom.”
The genetic testing and double mastectomy are the same procedure Jolie just revealed she underwent to prevent the possibility of getting the same cancer that killed her mother.
“Genetic counseling is extremely important because these are complicated decisions,” said Beaumont oncologist Dr. Dana Zakalik.
The doctor said those with early onset breast or ovarian cancer or a family history should be tested. If positive for the BRCA gene mutation, a 60 to 85 percent chance of getting breast cancer can be reduced to around five to eight percent.
“If you do bilateral mastectomies, if you choose to do that, that you really are doing the most that you can possibly do to reduce your risk of breast cancer,” Zakalik said.
But a preventive mastectomy is no guarantee the cancer will be prevented as I learned two years ago when I did a story with a local wife and mother who fought so courageously, but still couldn’t win.
“We did everything humanly possible, and I still lost my wife,” said Don Neilson. “We were aggressive as humanly possible, and I still lost her.”
He lost his wife, Amy, just one year ago. She beat breast cancer once. A carrier of the BRCA gene, she had both breasts removed along with her ovaries and fallopian tubes trying to steer clear of the cancer that had killed her mother and grandmother.
“The sad thing is… they told me after this surgery she had two percent chance of getting it back,” Neilson said.
They thought she was home free, then she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. She fought valiantly, blogged about her battle, and told her story to help others.
“Just be aware that it’s never a hundred percent,” she told Fox 2 before her death.
Still, Dr. Zakalik said what happened to Amy is very rare. So know your family history. The genetic testing and the preventative measures can be the difference between life and death.
“I’d rather live and see my babies get married and have grand kids versus what my mom did,” Fabain said.Read more: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/22252710/2-metro-detroit-women-made-same-decison-as-jolie-to-cut-cancer-risk#ixzz2TPZ52wDO