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ANGELINA JOLIE REVEALS..... I HAD A DOUBLE MASTECTOMY
Angelina Jolie recently underwent a preventive double mastectomy because of her high risk of breast cancer.
Angelina's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died six years ago at age 56 after a 10-year battle with ovarian cancer. Doctors the actress that she carries a "faulty" gene, BRCA1. They estimated that she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.
In an op-ed piece for the New York Times, Angelina writes:
"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."
Angelina underwent three months of medical procedures, which began Feb. 2 and were completed April 27. The procedures included reconstruction of both breasts with implants.
She added that she was able to continue working during that time while keeping the procedures a secret.
She explains, "But I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people's hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action."
She said it wasn't an easy decision for her to make, but her chances of developing breast cancer have dropped to under five percent.
"I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer. It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that's it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. 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."