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Angelina Jolie brings more awareness to breast cancer

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Angelina Jolie's recent decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy has brought genetics and breast cancer and its treatment to the forefront of many people's minds across the globe.

The facts about breast cancer

There will be more than 230,000 new cases of breast cancer in women this year and other than skin cancer, it's the most common cancer among women.

Nearly 40,000 women will die of breast cancer this year alone.  

Jolie's decision to have preventative surgery was due to the fact that she was found to have a gene that carries a particularly high risk for developing cancer. If caught early, the five-year survival rate is almost 90 percent, but many do not catch it due to lack of screening or awareness of the disease, according to Dr. Kevin Campbell.

Campbell will be with the WNCN Today crew on Wednesday to talk more about breast cancer and genetics, as well as an event, Barbells for Boobs, that he and Sharon Tazewell will be participating in.

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