'Jolie effect' sees surge in mastectomies

New Australian figures showing a sharp spike in the number of young women undergoing preventive mastectomies have confirmed the 'Angelina Jolie effect'.

The number of Australian women aged 20-39 who had a mastectomy for reducing their breast cancer risk more than doubled from 99 in 2012/13 to 227 in 2013/14, according to a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).