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Angelina Jolie Had Double Mastectomy to Prevent Breast Cancer
LOS ANGELES -- The always-outspoken Angelina Jolie has now revealed that she has undergone a preventive double mastectomy after discovering she carries the BRCA1 gene, which increases the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
"My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in each woman," she writes today in a New York Times op-ed. "Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much as I could."
The 37-year-old Jolie lost her mother to ovarian cancer. She says her six children contributed to her decision. And, she wants the announcement of her decision to help educate other women who face a similar fate.
"Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people's hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action," she writes. "The decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made.
Jolie also credits her partner Brad Pitt, with whom she had her six children, for supporting her.
"Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has," Jolie wrote.
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