Influence of the Angelina Jolie announcement and insurance reimbursement on practice patterns for hereditary breast cancer

The Korean Breast Cancer Society

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Lack of awareness, the stigma of carrying a genetic mutation, and economic factors are barriers to acceptance of BRCA genetic testing or appropriate risk management. We aimed to investigate the influence of Angelina Jolie’s announcement of her medical experience and also health insurance reimbursement for BRCA gene testing on practice patterns for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC). A survey regarding changes in practice patterns for HBOC before and after the announcement was conducted online. The rate of BRCA gene testing was obtained from the National Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service database. From May to August 2016, 70 physi- cians responded to the survey. Genetic testing recommendations and prophylactic management were increased after the announcement. Risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy and contralateral prophylactic mastectomy was significantly increased in BRCA carriers with breast cancer. The BRCA testing rate increased annually. Health insurance and a celebrity announcement were associated with increased genetic testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-207
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Breast Cancer
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2017


  • Breast neoplasms
  • Genetic testing
  • Insurance coverage
  • Practice patterns
  • Prophylactic mastectomy

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