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BREAKING: Actress Angelina Jolie Reveals ‘Double Mastectomy’ in NY Times OP ED

English: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the C...

English: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Cannes film festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a huge revelation, 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.

“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 cancer.”

 

 

She says she feels “empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

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.

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Dr. Vikki Hufnagel
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There is now more miss information on genetics and cancer. Now this is more miss information through out the nation. I got a call waking me up from Port St Lucie. A woman who read NO MORE HYSCTERECTOMIES begged me to have the courage to speak out on Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy. The concept of hormone imbalance and monitoring for this and treating it was totally not covered by the news . This is because it is not covered by the MDs . This is becaused it is not expalined to patients. Some women have a abnormal binding hormone level that… Read more »