Angelina Mastectomy News
Actress Angelina Jolie has made the revelation in The New York Times that she made the difficult choice of having a double mastectomy. Her mother passed away of breast cancer and Angie was tested to see if she had the BRCA1 gene, which is a gene that highly increases a woman's chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer. She says it was a difficult decision, but one that was proactive and a medical choice. Check out excerpts from the interview.
"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."
"For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options," Jolie wrote. "I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices."
She also thanked Brad Pitt for his support and adds she can tell her children they don't have to fear losing her to breast cancer.