Angelina Jolie undergoes double mastectomy
In an effort to cut her own risk, Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy. Ms. Jolie underwent her procedure which begin in February of this year and she finished her last surgery in April.
Angelina Jolie says she discovered her risks of breast and ovarian cancer through a gene test which resulted in Angelina discovering that she carried the BRCA1 gene. A gene that had increased Angelina Jolie’s chances of breast and ovarian cancer to 87% now her chances have dropped to 5%.
In a recent op-ed post in the New York Times on Tuesday, Angelina Jolie says the choice to get the double mastectomy was “my medical choice.” Angelina Jolie lost her mother Marcheline Bertrand after a near decade-long battle with ovarian cancer.
“I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer,” the Oscar winner wrote.
After undergoing the surgeries, the Oscar winner says she feels, “empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”
Ms. Jolie thanks her partner Brad Pitt for being there with her during each of her surgeries by saying, “I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition.”
Angelina Jolie hopes that with her sharing her story more women will become proactive and get gene tested to help in preventing their own risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
“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. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options, ” Angelina Jolie wrote in reference to sharing her story with other women.