Angelina Jolie Reveals That She Got a Double Mastectomy
Angelina Jolie has dropped a bombshell.
The Academy Award-winning actress revealed in an op-ed published in Tuesday's New York Times that she underwent a double mastectomy after learning that she had an 87 percent risk of contracting breast cancer.
"I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive," wrote Jolie. "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."
Jolie added that she is "very happy" with her decision and her risk of breast cancer has dropped to "under 5 percent".
"I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer," the mother of six said. "It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that's it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity."