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The actress Angelina Jolie prompted droves of women to seek genetic testing after she revealed, in 2013, that a “faulty gene” called BRCA1 had given her an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer.

In the face of those odds, Jolie had decided to have her breasts removed. “I chose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know they that they might be living under the shadow of cancer,” the Oscar winner said.

The subsequent surge in women asking for DNA tests was dubbed the “Angelina effect.” Yet most never found out what they wanted to know. That’s because only 10 percent of women with a family history of breast cancer are ever found to have an inherited cancer gene.

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