A-lister and Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie is frequently in the spotlight, but not under these circumstances.
She is telling the world she had both breasts removed to prevent breast cancer.
The early strike against a potentially deadly disease has sparked countless conversations about women’s health — and that’s exactly what Jolie wants.
In a New York Times op-ed piece, the 37-year-old actress explains that she carries a mutation of what’s called the breast cancer susceptibility gene 1 or BRCA1.
That translates to a dramatic increase in her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
A blog on the Pink Lotus website details Jolie’s treatment.
Her physician, Dr. Funk writes: “On February 2, Angelina was in the operating room for the first operation…Her partner was on hand to greet her as soon as she came around from the anesthetic, as he was during each of the operations.”
“On February 16, she had the main surgery, which can last up to eight hours. The mastectomies went smoothly… I called Angelina to confirm our biggest hope: all of the breast tissue was benign.”
“The final operation occurred on April 27… it involved reconstruction of the breast with implant, which went extremely well.”
Angelina herself writes in the New York Times, quote, “My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”