Angelina Jolie's news of her double mastectomy is still sending shockwaves around the world. It's also brought to light more awareness of the preventative treatment.
The actress had both breasts removed after learning she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which drastically increases her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
Jolie says her doctors informed her she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.
J olie's mother died in 2007 of ovarian cancer at age 56, which she says had a large impact on her decision.
"I guess if I was told that I had that high of a percentage of getting breast cancer, I may think a little bit differently. But as of right now, I think it may be a little extreme," said Brandi Rolling, a Negaunee resident.
"It's definitely one of the standard recommended options. It's not something a woman has to do if she comes back positive for a BRCA mutation, but it's definitely something we put on the table," said Rebecca MacFalda, a Genetic Counselor for Marquette General Hospital Cancer Center.
Medical experts say preventative care is important.