Actress Angelina Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy. Breast cancer claimed the life of her mother at the age of 56.
She wrote an opinion piece, titled “My Medical Choice,” explaining that she underwent the breast removal procedure because she has a mutated BRCA1 gene known to raise a woman’s risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Jolie’s experience will bring awareness to the issue by leaps and bounds.
My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman.