37-year-old Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie announced in a New York Times op-ed article on Tuesday that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carries a faulty gene which means she is much more likely to suffer from breast or ovarian cancer, she wrote in the New York Times.
“My doctors estimated that I had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman,” Jolie wrote. “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.“
Jolie, whose mother died aged 56 after fighting cancer for nearly a decade, said she was speaking out in the hope that other women could benefit from her experience. She said her “loving and supportive” partner, the actor Brad Pitt, had been by her side while she underwent three months of operations earlier this year to remove breast tissue and replace it with implants.
In the Times op-ed, titled “My Medical Choice,” Jolie said she finished three months of medical procedures on April 27 that included the mastectomies and reconstruction.
The actress has been in a relationship with actor Brad Pitt since the mid 2000s and are engaged. The couple has three biological and three adopted children.