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Laverne Cox Responds To Possible Trump Anti-Transgender Move: 'I Choose Love Not Fear'

Laverne Cox Responds To Possible Trump Anti-Transgender Move: 'I Choose Love Not Fear'Actress Laverne Cox condemned a proposal reportedly under consideration by

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Man Forced to Choose Between Meth and Wife Makes Wrong Call

Man Forced to Choose Between Meth and Wife Makes Wrong CallMan Forced to Choose Between Meth and Wife Makes Wrong Call There is no wrath like a woman scorned Don't do drugs, m'kay? If you do, be ready to deal with the consequences. I'm not talking about justice or prison here, I'm talking about an angry wife, which

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Donald Trump says rest of world must choose between trade with US or Iran

Donald Trump says rest of world must choose between trade with US or IranEuropean companies should still be able to trade with Iran despite new US sanctions, according to minister of state for the Middle East, Alaistair Burt. Donald Trump tweeted “anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States”. The EU has launched a “blocking statute”, designed to allow companies within the bloc to sue the Trump administration, if they are adversely affected by US sanctions, and has encouraged member states to continue trading with Tehran.

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Voters in Mexico choose new president, thousands of officials in country’s largest election

Voters in Mexico choose new president, thousands of officials in country’s largest electionPresidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, commonly known by his initials, AMLO, leads in the polls. The election comes amid a U.S. border crisis as thousands travel through Mexico to the United States.

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Reach, Target, Safety: How to Choose MBA Programs Strategically

Reach, Target, Safety: How to Choose MBA Programs StrategicallyOne of the most important decisions in the MBA application process is what schools you’re going to apply to in the first place. The MBA application process takes time and effort, and many candidates feel overwhelmed with applying to more than the average of four or five schools. The key is to select schools strategically and come up with a competitive mix of MBA programs to target.

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Le Pen says voters must choose 'for or against' France

Le Pen says voters must choose 'for or against' FranceFar-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen delivered a ferocious attack Thursday on her globalist rival Emmanuel Macron, saying voters faced a choice “for or against France”. The candidates’ starkly differing visions on France’s future are at the heart of the May 7 election run-off — with Macron, a 39-year-old former banker embracing free trade and the EU, while Le Pen wants to seal France’s borders and quit the euro. “The country Mr Macron wants is no longer France, it’s a space, a wasteland, a trading room where there are only consumers and producers,” Le Pen told a cheering crowd of some 4,000 supporters in the Riviera city of Nice, a rightwing stronghold.

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Choose the Right Contribution Rate for Your 401(k)

Choose the Right Contribution Rate for Your 401(k)There’s really no getting around it — choosing the optimal 401(k) contribution rate is serious business — akin to laying the foundation of a new home, or planning a household budget before raising a family. Your 401(k) contribution rate — the amount deducted from your check every pay period that is redirected toward your company retirement plan, in percentages — will set the financial tone for your retirement plan growth. Deduct from it and your retirement could wind up in serious peril.

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Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy: Will More Women Choose This Surgery?

Confession: I have never been a fan of Angelina Jolie. Someone with so many blessings in her life (brains, beauty, babies, Brad) seemed a little too good to be true.  And so annoyingly poised! But the latest B in her life—breast cancer—has changed my mind about Jolie. Yes, she still seems annoyingly poised, but in her op-ed article in The New York Times, she also finally seems human: she’s a mom worried about being around for her children, a daughter still grieving her mother who died from ovarian cancer, and a woman who made a difficult medical choice and isn’t afraid to talk about it.

In the article, Jolie, who is 37, reveals that she’s had a prophylactic double mastectomy because she carries the BRCA1 gene. That gene puts her at an elevated risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

She says in the article: “My doctors estimated that I had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman. Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65% risk of getting it, on average.”

After her breasts were removed, Jolie had breast reconstruction with implants. In the article she says, “the results can be beautiful.” Coming from Angelina Jolie, that statement, more than anything, may reassure women who are considering preventive mastectomy.

Jolie is not the only celebrity to talk about breast cancer treatment or prevention; Christina Applegate and Giuliana Rancic also have helped raise awareness about prophylactic double mastectomies. (Both women had both breasts removed even though cancer was only present in one breast; Applegate also has the BRCA1 gene.)

Having options really does give women the feeling of power in the midst of a frightening cancer or gene mutation diagnosis. But will all of this “awareness” push women toward a surgery that may not be needed? In a study done last year by Sarah Hawley, MD, an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, nearly 70% of women with breast cancer who opted to have a healthy breast removed as a precaution (a procedure called a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy) actually had a very low risk of developing cancer in that breast. The study prompted all sorts of “Most Women Who Choose Double Mastectomy Don’t Need It” headlines.

“Women appear to be using worry over cancer recurrence to choose contralateral prophylactic mastectomy. This does not make sense, because having a non-affected breast removed will not reduce the risk of recurrence in the affected breast,” Hawley said in a University of Michigan press release.

The double mastectomy trend isn’t all that new. Between 1998 and 2003, the number of women with early stage breast cancer in one breast who had both breasts removed rose by 150%, according to a University of Minnesota study. Peace of mind (even though not statistically supported) along with advances in reconstructive surgery (that’s covered by insurance thanks to The Federal Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998) may be prompting this rise.

Will the desire to get new breasts like Angelina Jolie’s drive even more women with breast cancer to choose prophylactic mastectomy? Maybe. But Angelina Jolie speaking out is more likely to prompt women to ask smart questions, to consider getting tested, and to understand the repercussions of testing positive for mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes or of having a family history of two or more immediate family members with breast or ovarian cancer. For women who do test positive, prophylactic mastectomy can be a smart choice. In Jolie’s case, it dropped her risk of getting breast cancer from 87% to below 5%, she said.

Of course, just like when Christina Applegate had her prophylactic mastectomy, I’m sure all eyes will be on Jolie’s chest the next time she walks the red carpet. Her boobs may be on view, but what I’ll be seeing is her bravery.

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