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Angelina Jolie Talks About Double Mastectomy Decision

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Could you do what Angelina Jolie did?  She had a preventive double mastectomy.  Angelina says it was not an easy decision but she is happy she made it.

Angelina told the world about it in an op-ed piece in the New York Times.  In it she revealed that her doctors told her she had an 87% chance of getting breast cancer and a 50% risk of getting ovarian cancer.  "Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much as I could," Angelina wrote.

One mitgating factor was the death of her beloved mother in 2007 from ovarian cancer.

How did Brad feel about his partner's decision.  He was a supporter, she says.

She is speaking out so that other women going through the same decision can find strength in how she handled it.  Angelina wrote, "The decision to have a mastectomy was not easy.  But it is one I am very happy that I made.  My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87% to under 5 percent.  I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer."  The Oscar winner said the process made her "feel empowered" and "in no way diminishes my femininity."  She said the results of the breast reconstruction were "beautiful."

Angelina revealed that her process began on February 2 and concluded April 27.

Read Angelina Jolie's Op-Ed article in The New York Times here

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