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Calls for breast-cancer tests spike in Rome

'The Jolie effect has caused a tsunami' hospital says

Calls for breast-cancer tests spike in Rome

Rome, May 28 - Since Hollywood star Angelina Jolie's preventative double mastectomy, requests for breast-cancer exams have shot up 80% at one of Italy's leading hospitals that treats the disease, doctors there said Tuesday. "They're calling either for the tests or to see if they're eligible for genetic mapping," said Adriana Bonifacino, the head of breast-cancer treatment at Rome's Sant'Andrea hospital. "The Jolie effect has caused a tsunami, due in part to a frightened population who is poorly informed about prevention". Jolie made headlines two weeks ago with the announcement she had undergone a cautionary double mastectomy because she carries the BRCA1 gene linked to an extremely aggressive and deadly form of cancer that killed her mother in 2007 and her aunt on Monday.

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