Angelina Jolie reveals she had preventive double mastectomy

Agence Frace-Presse, via InterAksyon.com, reports that on Tuesday, May 14 actress Angelina Jolie revealed "that she has undergone a preventive double mastectomy because she had a very high risk of breast cancer."

Agence Frace-Presse, via InterAksyon.com, reports that on Tuesday, May 14 actress Angelina Jolie revealed "that she has undergone a preventive double mastectomy because she had a very high risk of breast cancer." Jolie made this revelation through an opinion piece entitled "My Medical Choice," which was posted on the The New York Times website.

 

Jolie said that she "had chosen the procedure because she carries a faulty gene that increases her risk of both breast and ovarian cancer." The report noted: "Jolie said that because of this gene, known as BRCA1, her doctors estimated she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer."

 

Jolie’s mother battled cancer for a decade before she died at the age of 56.

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