Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
ATLANTA -- The nation is still buzzing about Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy.
In a New York Times piece, the 37-year-old actress explained she spent the last three months undergoing and recovering from the procedure. She made her decision after testing positive for one of the BRCA genes.
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Two Atlanta sisters can relate all too well to Jolie's choice.
Amy Rice, a 21-year-old senior at Kennesaw State University, and her 24-year-old sister Lauren Rice Brewer, a University of Georgia graduate, tested positive for the same gene. Both young women will have double mastectomies this week.
Dr. Heather Richardson, a breast disease specialist with Piedmont Physicians Group, said many women make the same choice as Jolie and the Rice sisters. She added that preventive measures and early detection make all the difference.
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