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Researchers find that Angelina Jolie's preventive mastectomy raised awareness, but not knowledge of breast cancer risk

  • Posted: December 20, 2013

Angelina Jolie heightened awareness about breast cancer when she announced in May 2013 that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy, but a new study by the University of Maryland School of Public Health reveals that despite widespread awareness of Jolie's story, most Americans could not correctly answer questions about breast cancer risk.

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