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Actress Angelina Jolie is a world wide star and now taking her health issues public to raise awareness.

Jolie just revealed she had a double mastectomy because of having a BRCA Genetic 1 mutation.

It gives her an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.

At Norman Regional, they do genetic testing all the time.

The Brach Analysis test looks for BRCA 1 and 2 genetic mutations.

Jeneice Davidson, R.N. at Norman Regional, said that Jolie’s admission caused a flurry of worry in Oklahoma.

“I’ve had several phone calls from concerned patients or just people in the general public calling in to ask information about this and if they do have a family history,” she said.

Davidson said her staff let people know if they should come in for genetic testing.

She’s pleased that more people have become aware from Jolie’s publicity.

“I think she was just trying to get out how important it is to have the genetic testing especially if you have family history.”