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Angelina Jolie

I Had a Double Mastectomy

5/14/2013 5:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0513_angelina_jolie_01Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy procedure -- the removal of both of her breasts -- in order to minimize her risk of breast cancer ... the actress revealed.

Jolie penned an op-ed published in the New York Times, in which she reveals, "Doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer."

She continues, "Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive."

37-year-old Jolie says she completed the 3 months of medical procedures on April 27. She will continue to document her experience on the website for the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where she was (and still is being) treated.

The PLBC has treated stars like Sheryl Crow and Shannon Tweed.

"I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive," Jolie writes.

"For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options."

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karebear3003    

I guess some will do anything for publicity. Seems to me that a decision such as this should be kept private. She didn't have cancer, she wasn't suffering from some hideous disease. She made a choice to undergo major surgery knowing full well it would get into the media. I really hate these celebrities that do this and then expect everybody to fall down around them in gratitude because they did something so wonderful. This was nothing more than a publicity stunt to keep her face in the media. Shame.

442 days ago
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Johnny    

Okay that's smart preventive medicine, Now so you won't get Ovarian cancer remove that ***** so you cannot infest the world with anymore stupid kids?

442 days ago
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Stateville1991    

Hmmm.....Now, she'll just have 'New & Bigger' ones inserted. She should have 'Gotten Rid Of' those nasty, 'Gangster/Skankster' Tattoos while she was at it!

442 days ago
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cobrazombie    

Brave woman.

442 days ago
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Lynn    

While I would probably do the same (I'm a survivor with no family history) mastectomy versus lumpectomy does not even guarantee no reoccurances.

442 days ago
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Pnut    

I would do the same thing as Angelina. Better safe than sorry. She is a beautiful woman, wonderful mother, terrific actress and a good role model. I appreciate these qualities in a woman. God Bless you Angelina. Get well soon. Pnut

442 days ago
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Lynn    

While I would probably do the same (I'm a survivor with no family history) mastectomy versus lumpectomy does not even guarantee no reoccurance. Its all a crap shoot

442 days ago
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mwood    

personal business no ones business

442 days ago
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Glynn    

To JRNYGIRL: You are WRONG about your comment of insurance covering genetic testing and the cost. The average cost of genetic testing is not $300 -it is between $1,000 - $5,000. Insurance companies cover if, and not always, if there is a family history. You stated that insurance companies would rather pay for a chosen mastectomy rather than cancer treatment - in a perfect world - yes - but cancer treatment is big business and there is sadly a lot of money to be made on treatment for both insurance companies and doctors/hospitals.

442 days ago
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PurpleGranny    

Kudus to Angelina....sharing this will give a lot of women valuable information options, and courage too.

442 days ago
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Will always LOVE RJ    

HAHAHAHAA....she wont be WHORING around topless in movies anymore

442 days ago
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Rio West    

Stupid beyond belief. Mastectomy is not an option when you do not "have" cancer. Let's just start cutting out body parts because you might get cancer. Nuts!!!

442 days ago
73.

chazz    

God bless and your courage may help others! I lost my wife to breast cancer. Thank you for helping to educate and understand!

442 days ago
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herbert o. sontz    

Kudoes to Ms. Jolie.
Her decision to proceed was smart. Her decision to discuss it publicly was was extraordinary.
Her actions contribute mightily to the realization that we are defined by our actions and not by mere physical characteristics.
Magnificent!

442 days ago
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S. Boyce    

Angelina Jolie is one of my most favorite people in the world. She is such a wonderful and giving humanitarian in this world, and I wish her all the best with her health and hope she has a long and good life.

442 days ago
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