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In a rare joint interview, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie sat down with Tom Brokaw for NBC’s Today Show to talk about their new feature film together By the sea dedicated to her mother, their married life and her health struggles.

Famous for her beauty and glamour, the 39 years old actress and mother of six confides with sincerity the surgeries she underwent to prevent ovarian and breast cancer in order to emphasize on testing awareness and the different choices that come along with being high risk.

She encourages women to be well-informed:

There is more than one way to deal with any health issue. The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you. Knowledge is power.” 

Grand-daughter, daughter and niece of women carried off in their forties by ovarian and breast cancer, Angelina Jolie was eligible for a predictive genetic test because of her strong family history.

As a matter of fact, cancer can be influenced by genes and can run in families. Inheriting faulty versions of these genes significantly raises the risk of developing the disease.

It is a reason why leading scientists advocate for BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic screening testing for every woman at about age 30 as a part of medical routine care.


Early detection is vital for cancer prevention.

The actress believes “we need to know the risks better in order to face them”.

De facto, the sooner breast cancer gets diagnosed, the better odds of getting a successful treatment for it are.

That’s why it’s important to have regular breast exams by your doctor, mammograms as recommended, and to check your breast for any suspicious changes.

Thanks to the latest progress in the field of genomics and new generation DNA sequencing, genetic tests allows most effective preventive action for the whole family.

Serenity is Genoma’s new generation exclusive genetic test for early screening of a mutation of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, likely to develop breast and ovarian cancers. Easy, comprehensive, accurate, early and fast.

The use of genetic tests makes medical diagnosis easier for doctors and specialists. Any patient can benefit from specific clinical information to help him make decisions likely to change his life.

Angelina Jolie concludes the interview insisting on the importance to take the time to think about choices and not to rush into things.

We have come to an era where modern medicine is predictive, preventive and personalized.

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