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Angelina Jolie has undergone a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer. In a heart-felt article in the New York Times the 37-year old mother of six has explained her reasons for having the surgery.
The actress and director carries a "faulty" gene which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Her doctors estimated she had a 87% risk of breast cancer and 50% of ovarian cancer: "I decided to be proactive and to minimise the risk as much I could."
In the article Ms Jolie explained that her mother fought breast cancer for nearly a decade and died at the age of 56. She said that once she knew of the reality she took the decision to undergo nine weeks of complex surgery required to have a double mastectomy. Her chances of developing breast cancer have now dropped from 87% to under 5%.
The operation remained private throughout but has now chosen to speak out as she feels it is important for women to know they have options: "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."
Ms Jolie has three biological children and three adopted children with Brad Pitt and has praised her partner for his continued support.
Read her article here
Read the article here: Angelina Jolie has double mastectomy
on 14 May 2013