Angelina Jolie: “I Made A Decision To Have A Preventive Double Mastectomy”

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Angelina Jolie, one of Hollywood’s biggest and most visible stars, writes in a New York Times editorial about a very private medical decision she managed to keep secret.

MY MOTHER fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.

We often speak of “Mommy’s mommy,” and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman.

…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.

On April 27, I finished the three months of medical procedures that the mastectomies involved. During that time I have been able to keep this private and to carry on with my work.

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.

Jolie’s choice to detail her decision, while invasive of her privacy, is commendable. Doctors say that her chances of developing breast cancer have gone from 87% to 5%. If her story and advocacy encourages other women to seek out information about their susceptibility to breast and/or ovarian then we all benefit.

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  • Paul Hooson

    God no! I love her breasts!

    • 914

      All 2 of them!

      • Paul Hooson

        Amen, brother!

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        All 2 0 of them.

    • jim_m

      I love her breasts implants!

      FIFY

      Seriously though, I feel sorry for her that she was so overwhelmed by anxiety that this was the only solution for her. Early detection is very good these days and when caught early breast ca is relatively easily treated. Also, as a general rule of thumb, the older you are when you get breast cancer the less aggressive and easier to treat it is.

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  • jim_m

    Meanwhile, her chances of dieing remain at 100%.

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  • Hank_M

    That had to be an agonizing decision, especially for an actress.
    Here’s hoping everything works out well.

    ps. She needs to go on Top Gear.

  • warnertoddhuston

    I can’t process this story.

  • Meiji_man

    Can’t wait to see the new models, hope she goes for the upgrade

  • LiberalNightmare

    Nuttier then a squirrel turd. With or without em.

  • puhiawa

    I hope the reconstructive surgery goes well. She may be a total Jew hating moonbat, but she puts her heart and money for people first. In other words, she actually makes a difference rather than engages in the corruption of politics we so often see as a pretense of sincerity. Think Obama, Baldwin, and…Brad Pitt.

  • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

    None of it is true, she just wants attention. These Godless Moving Stars are goofy as Hell. Oh well, whatever – if it’s true or Nottttttttttttttttt ???

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