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Actress, Celebrity Angelina Jolie had Double Mastectomy
Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer.
The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for Tuesday’s New York Times under the headline, “My Medical Choice.” She writes that between early February and late April she completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts.
Jolie, 37, writes that she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, die too young from cancer.
“My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56,” Jolie writes. “She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.”
She writes that, “They have asked if the same could happen to me.”
Jolie said that after genetic testing, she learned she carries the “faulty” BRCA1 gene and had an 87 percent chance of getting the disease herself.
She said she has kept the process private so far, but wrote about with hopes of helping other women.
“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,” Jolie writes. “My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”
Phone and email messages left by The Associated Press late Monday night seeking comment from Jolie representatives were not immediately returned.
She is anything but private in the details she provides, giving a description of the procedures.
“My own process began on Feb. 2 with a procedure known as a ’nipple delay,’” she writes, “which rules out disease in the breast ducts behind the nipple and draws extra blood flow to the area.”
She then describes the major surgery two weeks later where breast tissue was removed, saying it felt “like a scene out of a science-fiction film,” then writes that nine weeks later she had a third surgery to reconstruct the breasts and receive implants.”
Many women have chosen preventive mastectomy since genetic screening for breast cancer was developed, but the move and public announcement is unprecedented from a star so young and widely known as Jolie.
She briefly addresses the effects of the surgery on the idealized sexuality and iconic womanhood that have fueled her fame.
“I do not feel any less of a woman,” Jolie writes. “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”
She also wrote that Brad Pitt, her partner of eight years, was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Southern California for “every minute of the surgeries.”
Bertrand, Jolie’s mother, died in January 2007. She had small roles in the movies “Lookin’ to Get Out” in 1982 and “The Man Who Loved Women” in 1983. She raised Jolie and her brother after divorcing their father, Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, when Jolie was a toddler.
Jolie has appeared in dozens of films including 2010’s “The Tourist” and “Salt,” the “Tomb Raider” films, and 1999’s “Girl, Interrupted,” for which she won an Academy Award.
But she has appeared more often in the news in recent years for her power coupling with Pitt and her charitable work with refugees as a United Nations ambassador.
Photo by Associated Press: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Los Angeles.
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Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene, performing "Barracuda"
Jena Irene performing "Barracuda." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Keith Urban says Jena Irene is good but could be even better. OURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Alex Preston, performing "Animal"
Alex Preston performing "Animal." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez
The crowd doesn't like it when Keith Urban is critical of Alex Preston. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((note length of cut))
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Caleb Johnson, performing "Sting Me"
Caleb Johnson performing "Sting Me." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Jennifer Lopez says she can't believe Caleb Johnson's cool when he lost the mic. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick Jr. says Caleb Johnson couldn't have been better. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Jeff Probst and Tony Vlachos
Spencer plays a Hidden Immunity Idol, drawing scorn from Tony. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((note length of cut))
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"Survivor" host Jeff Probst announces the results of the Tribal Council vote. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Jeremiah Wood, contestant voted off
Jeremiah says he did his best. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Excerpt of "Survivor: Cagayan" theme
Excerpt of "Survivor: Cagayan" theme. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
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The Oscar-winning star of "12 Years A Slave" has been named People magazine's Most Beautiful person of 2014. AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld has more about the choice of Lupita Nyong'o. ((Lupita Nyong'o is pronounced loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh))
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AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us that the list shows beauty attracts beauty.
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AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us who follows Lupita Nyong'o on the list of the Most Beautiful women. ((Lupita Nyong'o is prounounced loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh))
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Neil Patrick Harris
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Neil Patrick Harris
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Neil Patrick Harris
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John Cameron Mitchell
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RZA says his acting career was pre-destined.
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