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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Angelina Jolie undergoes Double Mastectomy

Actress Angelina Jolie revealed in a New York
Times op-ed on Tuesday that she quietly
underwent a preventive double mastectomy
after discovering she carried the BRCA1 gene,
which sharply increases a woman's risk of
developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
"My chances of developing breast cancer
have dropped from 87% to under 5%," Jolie
writes. "I can tell my children that they don't
need to fear they will lose me to breast
She says she feels "empowered that I made a
strong choice that in no way diminishes my
Jolie salutes her partner, Brad Pitt, who she
says was with her during her surgeries at the
Pink Lotus Breast Center.
"I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt,
who is so loving and supportive," Jolie writes.
"So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend
going through this, know that you are a very
important part of the transition."
Jolie says she decided to share the story of
her surgeries in the hopes that it will benefit
other women at risk. She encourages women
to be proactive about their health if they have
a family history of breast or ovarian cancer,
while acknowledging the cost of gene testing
in the U.S. remains an obstacle for many.
"I choose not to keep my story private
because there are many women who do not
know that they might be living under the
shadow of cancer," Jolie writes.
Jolie's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died at
age 56 after a nearly decade-long battle with
ovarian cancer.
Source: USA Today
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