Angelina Jolie says she has undergone a preventive double mastectomy after being told that she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer.
Jolie says she did this drastic measure to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer and says she hopes her story will inspire other women fighting the life-threatening disease.
In an interview with USA Today Tuesday, Jolie’s partner Brad Pitt spoke about Jolie’s treatment and he called it “emotional” and “inspiring.”
“She could have stayed absolutely private about it and I don’t think anyone would have been none the wiser with such good results,” Pitt told the publication. “But it was really important to her to share the story and that others would understand it doesn’t have to be a scary thing. In fact, it can be an empowering thing, and something that makes you stronger and us stronger.”
Jolie wrote in the New York Times on Tuesday about what inspired her to do the operation especially after her own mother did at 56.
“We often speak of ‘Mommy’s mommy’, and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me,” wrote Jolie, 37.
“I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a ‘faulty’ gene.”
“Once I knew this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much as I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy,” she said.
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