Angelina Jolie has undergone a preventative double mastectomy. The actress revealed the news herself in an article she wrote for The New York Times titled ‘My Medical Choice.’
Angelina explained that she underwent the breast removal procedure because he has the mutated BRCA1 gene, which is known to increase a woman’s chance of getting both breast and ovarian cancers.
Angelina, 37, explained her decision in the article (which you can read in full here):
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.
My own process began on Feb. 2 with a procedure known as a “nipple delay,” which rules out disease in the breast ducts behind the nipple and draws extra blood flow to the area. This causes some pain and a lot of bruising, but it increases the chance of saving the nipple. CONTINUE READING (SHE OPENS UP ABOUT BRAD PITT) AFTER THE JUMP! More »