Angelina Jolie has a double mastectomy it has been revealed today (May 14). The 37-year old Hollywood star had discovered she had a high chance of developing breast cancer and she had been informed she had the BRCA1 cancer gene. The BRCA1 cancer gene for Jolie gave her a 87% chance of developing breast cancer, and the star also revealed she has a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer.
All this information has been revealed after Jolie wrote an article in the New York Times saying:
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.
Jolie’s mother died of ovarian cancer at the age of 56 in 2007 and so Jolie wanted to make a decision that was best for her family. She also revealed she tried to keep active in order to try to reduce the risks of developing the disease.
Jolie also mentioned her finacé Brad Pitt and thanked him for his loving support:
I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition.
Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together.