The Hollywood star has undergone a double mastectomy , trying to reduce the risk of breast cancer Angelina Jolie has decided to remove her breasts, after the doctors informed her there is a high risk of breast cancer, says uk.eonline.com
Although the actress is perfectly health at the moment, she decided to remove her breasts. On the 27th of April Angelina Jolie completed the last part of the medical procedures she has to pass through.
Marshly Bertran, Angelina`s mother died of ovarian cancer in 2007. Although each woman is different, Jolie had some doubts she might be genetically prone to the disease, so she decided to undergo some medical tests, which showed the BRCA1 gene, known for increasing the breast cancer risk with up to 87 % and the ovarian cancer with up to 50%. By knowing this, she decided to immediately undergo a double mastectomy.
The clinic, where the procedure took place had managed to keep everything confidential, until she decided to tell the media herself.
“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,” she wrote.
Experts in this field have explained that the BRCA1 gene mutation is the main reason for developing breast cancer only in part of the cases, however it does increase the chances by 65% .
Angelina Jolie says that after the mastectomy she does not feel less feminine. She is now having breast prosthesis and implants, so the result is very beautiful, she says.
The actress thanked her partner Brat Pitt for his support and understanding. The couple has 6 children (3 adopted and 3 biological).
“I can tell my children they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer,” Jolie said.