Dec 9, 2013
Actress Angelina Jolie on Her ‘Empowering’ Decision to Have Her Breasts Removed
Posted on May 14, 2013
Angelina Jolie made her fortune as one of the most beautiful women in the world, and after having a double mastectomy to prevent against breast cancer, she writes, “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”
The Academy Award-winning actress discussed her very personal medical decisions in a New York Times op-ed, writing, “I hope that other women can benefit from my experience.”
Jolie explains that although she did not have cancer, she learned that she had a genetic anomaly that, in her case, gave her an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer and a 50 percent one of ovarian cancer. She says the decision to have her breasts removed was difficult, but one she is very happy with.
The New York Times reports that Jolie’s situation is not typical of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer:
“Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts,” Jolie writes, “producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action.”
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer.
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