‘Angelina effect’: genetic info requests rise

The "celebrity effect" of Angelina Jolie's preventive double mastectomy for BRCA1 has seen a fourfold increase in women seeking information about genetic testing, family cancer clinics report.

Dr Kathy Tucker, head of the Hereditary Cancer Clinic at Sydney's Prince of Wales Hospital, said the celebrity's surgery had prompted many women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, or a family history of a BRCA gene mutation, to consider testing at NSW clinics.

"Over the years, people have