Dr. Charis Eng, the chair of the Lerner Research Institute's Genomic Medicine Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, agreed that faulty genes are sometimes so strong that they cannot be reversed with lifestyle interventions. Women who are potentially in the high-risk category need to make sure they are getting good information from a reputable source, she said.
"The best course of action is to seek out the advice of a qualified genetic councilor who can help make decisions about what to do next, based on accurate genetic advice -- that is the correct message," she said.
And Silver stressed that women certainly shouldn't base any of their healthcare decisions on a celebrity's opinion.
"Any celebrity who is not a medical doctor but offering medical advice should not be doing that," Silver said. "Celebrities may have wonderful talents in other areas, but if they are not medical experts they should refrain from offering medical advice to anyone else."
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