(Los Angeles, CA) -- Actress Angelina Jolie is revealing she has undergone a preventive double mastectomy. In a "New York Times" op-ed piece, the Oscar winner writes she decided to have the surgery after finding out she is a carrier of the BRCA1 cancer gene. Jolie says doctors told her she had an 87-percent chance of developing breast cancer. Her mother battled cancer for nearly ten years and died at the age of 56.
After three months of medical procedures this year, Jolie says her chances of getting breast cancer are now less than five percent. She credits her partner, actor Brad Pitt, for his support and for being with her during her surgeries. Jolie says they both knew it was the right thing to do for their family. Jolie and Pitt have six children.
(Cleveland, OH) -- A new study finds teens who text while driving may also be more likely to engage in other risky behaviors behind the wheel. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control surveyed more than 8,500 teens. Almost half of them reported texting while driving within the past 30 days. These students were also more likely to drink and drive, ride with a driver who had been drinking and fail to wear a seatbelt. The study can be found in the journal "Pediatrics."
(Berkeley, CA) -- A University of California study finds long-term use of lipsticks could possibly result in kidney problems and even cancer. After testing 32 top brands of lipsticks and lip glosses, UC Berkeley researchers discovered low amounts of lead, cadmium, chromium and aluminum in the cosmetics. Though short-term use of lip products containing those heavy metals likely poses no health risk, scientists are concerned that overexposure could be harmful. Exposure to toxic metals has been linked to kidney disease and stomach tumors.