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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ANGELINA JOLIE HAS REVEALED THAT SHE HAS UNDERGONE A DOUBLE MASTECTOMY AFTER FINDING OUT SHE A HIGH CHANCE OF DEVELOPING BREAST CANCER


The 37-year-old star has written an emotional article for the New York Times explaining that she made the decision after finding out she had the BRCA1 cancer gene, meaning she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer.
She wrote: “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 the case of each woman.
Angelina’s mother Marcheline Bertrand died in 2007 after battling ovarian cancer.
“Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.
"I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex".
On April 27,  Jolie finished the three months of medical procedures that the mastectomies involved. During that time she has been able to keep this private and to carry on with her work.
The actress, who has five children with Brad Pitt, credited her fiancé for his support throughout her invasive treatment.

 

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