Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Double Mastectomy to Empower Other Women at Risk

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In an Op-Ed for the New York Times that came out  today, Angeline Jolie told the story — in some detail — of the preventive double mastectomy she underwent after finding out she carried the BRCA1 gene and had an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer. It took three months of surgeries to complete the process that included “reconstruction of the breasts with an implant.”

Jolie says she decided “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.” The famously gorgeous actor assures others who may be considering preventive surgery that she does “not feel any less of a woman” and the procedure was “a strong choice that in no way diminishes [her] femininity.”

Despite the procedure at sometimes feeling “like a scene out of a science-fiction film,”  Jolie says “the results can be beautiful.”


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