Angelina has announced that she has undergone a double mastectomy to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
She wrote about her decision in a New York Time OpEd titled, ‘My Preventive Mastectomy: Staying Alive For My Kids,’ saying she went through surgical procedures between early February and late April to remove both her breasts.
She has a mutated gene (BRCA1 or breast cancer susceptibility genes) which increases the chances of her developing breast and ovarian cancer.
In her condition, she had almost an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer."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.
This was a preventive surgery that Jolie said she made the choice keeping her six children in mind.
This is also a sensitive topic for her and not something she is not effected by. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand died of breasts cancer at only 56 years of age! Angelina was very close to her mother and has always felt a strong connection with her. Her decision to go forward with the mastectomy was not only a brave one, but a responsible one as well.
The operation is perceived by the patients as a threat to their femininity. They have to go through changes in body image, self-concept, and total self-image etc. It is not an easy decision and definitely not one that women usually speak openly about.
It is indeed, a brave decision on Angelina Jolie’s part and braver still of her to talk about it. But knowing her, she would do it as long as it benefits someone and benefit people it will!
"I wanted 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," Jolie wrote. "My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent."
She has yet again set an example for other women, and increased the awareness about female health and getting tested and screened regularly.