RealSelf Community: I Had A Preventative Mastectomy Like Angelina Jolie

Nicole Karlis on 14 May 2013 at 9:00am

Angelina's chances of getting breast cancer went from 87 percent to under 5 percent due to the procedure, she said.

Angelina Jolie, 37, bravely opened up in an article she wrote for the New York Times about getting a prophylactic mastectomy in February after finding out she had the BCRA1 gene.

Her mom, Marcheline Bertrand, passed away after and eight-year battle with ovarian cancer. Something her kids asked if it would happen to her. 

"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. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a ‘faulty’ gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer,” Angelina wrote in her article, "My Medical Choice."

"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. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex," she said. 

What Angelina has done is very courageous, brave and inspiring. If you've been following Angelina's story today, here are a few more stories you might enjoy. 

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