Zero Breast Cancer Comments on Angelina Jolie's Preventative Double Mastectomy

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Janice Barlow, executive director of the San Rafael nonprofit Zero Breast Cancer, said what Jolie did is not unusual for women who learn they carry the BRCA1 gene. "People who carry the gene have a significantly increased risk of both ovarian and breast cancer," Barlow said. "It's not uncommon for women given that information to have a double mastectomy and have their ovaries removed." 

Troubling Problem


Numbers of breast cancer cases high for Marin County in data pre-2013.

For decades, Marin County has been a spike on the graph that plots the incidence of breast cancer in women in California, and that trend has shown no signs of changing, according to recent data collected by researchers.

Find out more about breast cancer in Marin and how Zero Breast Cancer is making an impact.

Doctors to Notify of Risk of Cancer


Starting April 1st, doctors are required by a new state law to notify women with dense breast tissue that they could be at increased risk for breast cancer. Zero Breast Cancer's Executive Director Janice Barlow and other Marin experts weigh in on why they hope the law won't cause unnecessary stress for women.

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ZBC Is a Proud Member of the California Breast Cancer Mapping Project

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On Tuesday, November 27, 2012 the Public Health Institute released a study that spurs important dialogue around breast cancer in California. The California Breast Cancer Mapping Project was funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program of the University of California to explore the feasibility of mapping areas in the state with elevated breast cancer rates in a manner that is useful to diverse stakeholders.

Read more: ZBC Is a Proud Member of the California Breast Cancer Mapping Project

Breast Cancer in Marin (2012)

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“Marin County has Highest Breast Cancer Incidence Rates in the World”

In 1994, the Northern California Cancer Center (now known as the Cancer Prevention Institute of California) released a report entitled: Breast Cancer in the Greater Bay Area.

Read more: Breast Cancer in Marin (2012)