Angelina Jolie announced today that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
“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.”
Jolie’s mother, actress and producer Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer in 2007 at the age of 56. Jolie is 37 years old.
“I wanted to write this to tell other women that 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 percent to under 5 percent.”
Let’s hope this story inspires more women to get tested! It’s a simple blood test that is available at most doctors’ offices. We wish her all the best! ♥♥♥
More on Angelina’s procedure at CBSDC.com.