Angelina Jolie Bravely Reveals Devastating Diagnosis
Angelina Jolie Bravely Reveals She Had A Double Mastectomy
Angelina Jolie dropped jaws early this morning when she that she underwent a double mastectomy—a major surgery to remove the tissue from both breasts—after discovering via a blood test that she carries BRCA1, a gene that increases her chance of getting breast cancer by 87%.
This is a big deal for a number of reasons. Obviously any woman revealing that she had both her breasts removed is a majorly courageous move, since so much of our femininity is (for better or for worse, rightly or wrongly) tied to them. But the stakes seem even higher when a big movie star—whose very career is in many ways dependent on her sex appeal—makes such a bold revelation.
“I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience,” Jolie says. “Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, 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.”
The 37-year-old Oscar winner and mother of six also was honest about the fact that the blood test to learn whether you’re susceptible to a genetically increased risk of breast cancer is expensive, running about ,000 in the United States. Unfortunately, having the privilege to decide to whether or not you want to undergo this procedure is still just that: a privilege. But at least Angelina is using her status for a bit of good, and increasing women’s awareness of the power they have over their health and bodies.
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