BRCA: Beauty vs health

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The health fea­ture in last week’s is­sue (‘Should you get tested for the can­cer gene?’, July 19) made me start won­der­ing if we value beauty over life.

We live in a day and age where we value youth­ful looks and phys­i­cal beauty more than any­thing else and are will­ing to go to any lengths to main­tain it. But when an iconic beauty like An­gelina Jolie goes un­der the knife to pre­vent her­self from de­vel­op­ing the dreaded dis­ease called can­cer, we won­der if she is still as beau­ti­ful and for­get to ap­plaud her courage.

I hope women across the globe take lessons from her and give their health pri­or­ity over their ap­pear­ance.

NI­HARIKA SINGH, DUBAI

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