Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie says that she had a preventive double mastectomy in order to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer.
According to New York Times, Angelina revealed the fact that she had preventive double mastectomy back in February and the last of the follow-up procedures in April.
In the column “My Medical Choice” (NY Times), Angelina said that her doctors estimated that she had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer. By undergoing this surgery, the chances of developing breast cancer reduced to 5%.
She also said that her partner, Brad Pitt was extremely supportive throughout the experience. Her mother Marcheline Bertrand died at 56 after a long battle against breast cancer.
She further wrote that she opted to write the article in the hope that her story will inspire other women fighting the disease.
She ended by writing, “Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.”
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