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.
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."