Angelina Jolie Undergoes Double Mastectomy to Prevent Breast Cancer

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Angelina Jolie has gone public with her choice to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.

In Tuesday's New York Times Op-Ed section, Jolie revealed the difficult medical decision she made after discovering she carried the BRCA1 gene.

This leads to an increased risk in breast and ovarian cancer.

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Jolie's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, passed away at 56 after battling cancer for over a decade.

As Jolie said in her article, We often speak of “Mommy’s mommy,” and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me."

Jolie's doctors estimated her breast cancer risk at 87% and ovarian cancer risk at 50%.

The double mastectomy has now reduced her risk to 5%. She privately began the surgeries in early February and has just finished in late April.

She credits longtime partner Brad Pitt as always being by her side and helping find moments to laugh throughout the difficult process.

Jolie underwent her surgeries at the Pink Lotus Breast Center. Her choice to open up about the double mastectomy was to help shed a light on cancer prevention for other women around the world.

"On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity."

That sounds like the Angelina we know and love!

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I really love Angie's confidence and courage of speaking up for the benfit of the other women aound the worrld. It shows how we are globally connected and united even though we dwell in different countries. Cancer has has a war zone in the lives of People all age and it time we all rise up and destroy this evil disease through faithful prayers and fasting cos with our heavenl Father all things are possible while with man things are impossible, that is our doctors with numerous research year after cannot oroduce good result to deal with the evil disease!! Shalom and love. Tess

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Im a bit sad, what are we reduced to, when the most beautiful woman in the world, is reduced to believing the doctors. Iv been working on finding a way to deal with cancer, after my mum died of lung cancer. Iv spent the last 10 years developing an Angelic healing system, that by simply reduce the radiation in the body, May switches off the cancer growth. its called Universal Healing. Attunements will have to follow this treatment. I wish you well, it was a very brave thing to do.

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LOVE THIS WOMAN! LOVE THIS WOMAN! She's a wonderful role model for the women around the world. Brad knows the pure diamond she truly is.

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Who are you to judge and giving such hatred statement ? Educate yourself well !
People like you who harbors such hatred is not worthy and your two cents comment is disgusting as you are a person !!!

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Maybe she should cut off her head too, to prevent ugly. That woman will be hideous, out uglying Madonna in a few years. This over compensating is just another symptom of her mental illness, bi-polar disorder. I guess we won't be seeing any more topless parts for her, unless its in a horror film.

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Sorry, but I know many women who have had double mastectomy's. My mother had it done when I was a child. But to call Angelina Jolie a Saint, give me a break. She's not the only person to have this procedure. Many woman, including my mother were brave, & courageous. SHE IS NO DIFFERENT> pleeeeeeeeese.....

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Actress Angelina Jolie undergoes Double Mastectomy, Announcement Statement Here http://tinyurl.com/Angelina-Jolie-Mastectomy

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@ Rahul+Pandit

She is different ONLY in the fact that she's a worldwide Icon and whereas
these other women are not but we are joined together as one in the fight for breast cancer or any other disease. I'm sure all these other women appreciate her speaking out for them also. My prayers goes for ALL these women.

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So, if one carries this particular gene, having a mastectomy will also reduce your risk of having ovarian cancer?

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This is for that ignorant man, Robert Kimble ! You are disgusting ! If your wife or your own mother or your sister had what Angelina had been through, would you say those hatred and stupid remarks to them ? You are a low life and utterly disgusting person !!!!

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Total respect for Angie. I wish her well.