There has been much commentary both negative and positive since Angelina Jolie revealed she underwent a double mastectomy after genetic testing revealed she was at a risk for developing breast cancer.
Jolie, 37, opened up to the New York Times in a piece titled, “My Medical Choice.” The Oscar winning actress began the surgery in February and finished in April.
The actress who is the mother of six children wrote. “I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under five percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”
Jolie lost her mother in 2007 to cancer and says she has a “faulty gene” which doctors indicated would give her an 87% chance of developing breast cancer and a 50% chance of ovarian cancer. Jolie revealed that her partner Brad Pitt was very supportive of her and stayed with her during the procedure.
She said. “I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition. Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has.”
She further went on to give detail of how the process was done in her piece, which included receiving implants. She added that she could not keep the story private as she knew many women who may be living under the shadow of cancer.