Thursday 20 June 2019

Jolie gene test: Cancer service that helped actress is suspended

Had test: Hollywood star Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy after having the breast cancer family gene test. Photo: Reuters
Had test: Hollywood star Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy after having the breast cancer family gene test. Photo: Reuters
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

A service offering tests to women who may have inherited a gene that leaves them at higher risk of breast cancer has been suspended for months at St James's Hospital in Dublin.

Actress Angelina Jolie, who had such a test, had a double mastectomy in recent years to prevent breast cancer.

A hospital spokesperson said the family risk service had been suspended since April because of the demands on its breast X-ray facility for symptomatic patients.

She said funding has recently been received to replace one mammography machine and to buy a third, which is likely to be available early next year. This will help alleviate delays experienced by patients waiting to have their mammogram.

Irish Independent

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