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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One one hand these actors want their privacy then she goes to the New York Times and tells the world about something so private?????

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@ Elizabeth

yup--hard to figure hollywood. i thought the same thing. hopefully it won't become a "fad". most normal women can make their own decisions about such things so serious.

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Like she wrote in her letter, it is no big deal. The implants are there whether you "need" them or not. They are for real life or for Hollywood....

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You Sir, are indeed a total nut case !
You are so ignorant and full of hatred, you must be a miserable human being !
Shame on you !!!!!!!

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GOOD FOR ANGIE....... HER KIDS NEED HER TO BE AROUND AND I DON'T THINK BRAD COULD HANDLE LOSING HER AND TAKE CARE OF SIX LITTLE ONES ON HIS OWN. SHE'S A GOOD ACTRESS AND FOR HER TO SPEAK ABOUT THE ISSUE AND BRING IT TO LIGHT IS A VERY BIG AND BOLD MOVE! STAY STRONG ANGELINA AND FAMILY!!!!!!!

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Such a bizzarre decision which evry woman must think about it twice but if its the best then why panic

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I think she made I smart decision. I would have done the same. In situations like that I know it's hard but its the best if she wants to live. God bless her and her family...

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Awww. Bless her and her family...

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Such a hard decision to make but in her case I think she made the right decision. Robert obviously is not the brightest bulb in the package, hopefully he'll leave the comment section and educate himself before he comments again.

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Good for her. I know too many women who died too young from breast cancer. This took great courage but apparently l she felt it important to be there for her children. I wish her all the best! Quite the lady!

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she is absolutely amazing and is and will still be the world's most beautiful woman. she is one of my hero's for coming out. god bless her and her fabulous family.

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Los Angeles, California
Full Name
Angelina Jolie Voight

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