As many parents know, children of all ages can be irritable at times. Yet while some irritability in children is normal, very high levels of irritability (or even very low levels) may put kids at risk for mental illness. While we know that children with behavioral problems are at risk for mental illness later in life, we don’t know why irritability in particular puts kids at risk.
Actress Angelina Jolie announced today that she had a double mastectomy after finding out she had a BRCA1 gene mutation which put her at a greater risk of developing breast cancer.
With a family history of the disease – her mother died in her 50s after battling ovarian cancer – Jolie said she made the decision to have the surgery because it was something she could do to reduce her risk. She made the announcement in a New York Times op-ed that was published today and coincides with Women’s Health Week.
National Women’s Health Week runs May 12 to 18 with the goal of empowering women to make their health a priority. This is the first in a series this week focusing on women’s health issues from the teenage years through menopause.