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  • Dec 21, 2014
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Angelina Jolie's aunt dies of breast cancer aged 61

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie's aunt has died of breast cancer less than two weeks after the Oscar-winning actress announced that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy. The Hollywood entertainment website E! News cited Jolie's uncle, Ron Martin, as saying that his 61-year-old wife, Debbie - the younger sister of Jolie's late mother - died early on Sunday at Palomar Hospital in California.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 2:48am

Cancer expert urges caution on preventative mastectomies

Dr Ava Kwong says it is imperative that people seeking the genetic test for breast cancer have proper counselling. Photo: Nora Tam

Preventative mastectomies are not encouraged unless the high-risk individuals are overwhelmed by fears of developing breast cancer, according to a breast cancer expert.

20 May 2013 - 10:56am 1 comment

Hong Kong women weigh in on Angelina Jolie's breast cancer solution

Angelina Jolie cut cancer risk through surgery. Photo: NYT

It happened seven years ago, but Mary Hemrajani still tears up when she recounts her breast cancer ordeal. "There's a scar very deep inside of you that's very difficult to heal," says the 55-year-old, who runs a watchmaking business.

20 May 2013 - 9:49am

Few seen as likely to follow Angelina Jolie's lead with mastectomy

Angelina Jolie. Photo: Reuters

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie's "relatively extreme" decision to have a double mastectomy to reduce her cancer risk is unlikely to become a trend, a campaigner for breast cancer awareness said yesterday - as celebrities who have had the disease praised the Hollywood star's courage.

16 May 2013 - 5:04am 2 comments

Timely warning from Angelina Jolie

U.S. actress and humanitarian campaigner Angelina Jolie. Photo: Reuters

A story about a double mastectomy is not an easy sell. But actress Angelina Jolie's first-person account of her decision to have one reached a huge print and electronic audience. Thanks to her star appeal it would have more than matched big box-office movies in the first day or two after release. The story had elements of love, fear, courage, sacrifice and the wonders of genetic science.

16 May 2013 - 2:48am

Angelina Jolie praised by breast cancer campaigners

Angelina Jolie decided to have a double mastectomy. Photo: NYT

Cancer campaigners have applauded actress Angelina Jolie for going public about her double mastectomy, but warned women against rushing out to be tested for the gene mutation that threatened her life.

16 May 2013 - 1:35am

Only half the battle

Transforming ideas into commercials and billboards around the city used to be Liang Po-tin's source of great satisfaction. A self-confessed perfectionist and workaholic, her job as a high-flying advertising manager was her life, working until as late as 2am.

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Road to recovery

Support programme helps patients and survivors overcome hardships

9 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Greater awareness leads to early detection

Young women in Hong Kong are becoming increasingly aware of breast cancer and are more likely to see a doctor if they suspect there is a problem, according to a specialist. Older women, however, tend to be embarrassed to seek medical help, resulting in late detection and making treatment that much harder.

26 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Early detection can save lives

If you are a woman and reading this, when did you last check your breasts?

Hong Kong women are very conservative, more so than Chinese women in Taiwan and the mainland, according to Catina Lee So-Mai, 49, who volunteers with the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Alliance and is herself a breast cancer survivor.

15 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Treatment a gamble for cancer patients

Women with breast cancer complain they are left to decide their best option

Breast cancer patients say they are being forced to take a gamble with their treatment when asked by doctors to choose between radical or partial surgery, according to two University of Hong Kong studies.

18 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Doctor sued over diagnosis

A woman who had a cancerous breast removed in 1998 is suing a doctor for negligence. In a High Court writ, Wong Pui-wah accused Dr Mak Hon-fai of negligence 'in that the diagnosis of breast cancer was delayed and as a result she had to undergo a right mastectomy and/or chemotherapy'.

13 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Hope on the horizon

As her doctor uttered the devastating words, primary school teacher Ms Lee felt her mind go blank. The lump in her breast was cancerous. She would need a mastectomy and then a course of chemotherapy.

Ms Lee is one of thousands of Hong Kong women who have to face up to the trauma of breast cancer and the treatment for it every year.

2 Sep 1996 - 12:00am