Angelina Jolie has double mastectomy

Angelina Jolie Pic 2013 02 In a New York Times column published Tuesday Angelina Jolie revealed that she had had a double mastectomy earlier this year in order to prevent breast cancer. The actress made this decision after the tests had shown that she carried the “faulty” gene Brca1 which means that she had an 87 per cent risk of developing the deadly illness.

“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made,” Jolie wrote. “My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”

Angelina+JolieAfter having both her breasts removed, Angelina underwent a reconstructive surgery and her partner Brad Pitt was very supportive during her treatments. Series of procedures began on Feb. 2 and ended on April 27. She also wrote: “For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options. 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.”

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