In this guest column by UTMB Drs. Techksell McKnight Washington and Karen Powers: Angelina Jolie’s recent announcement about her preventive double mastectomy has left a lot of women wondering. When did she first learn she carried the BRCA1 gene? How long after she found out did it take her to decide to have her breasts removed? What were the steps involved? There are so many questions that arise for those not familiar with breast-cancer genetics and breast reconstruction. As breast specialists at UTMB, we can bring to light some of the details surrounding genetic testing, treatment options and reconstruction decisions.