Angelina Jolie is being criticized and praised at the same time, after she revealed in a New York Times op-ed Tuesday that she quietly underwent a preventive double mastectomy after discovering she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation and eventually decreased her chances of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Jolie wrote: “My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87% to under 5%. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.” The actress added that the she feels “empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”
The 37-year-old Jolie praised her partner Brad Pitt for being there for her during all her surgeries at the Pink Lotus Breast Center. 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.”
While Jolie has been dubbed a hero for sharing her story, many also criticize her decision to publicize her ordeal. Jolie, for her part, said that she decided to share her story in the hopes that it will benefit other women at risk. She said: “I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer.”
Jolie’s mom Marcheline Bertrand died at age 56 after losing a nearly decade-long battle with ovarian cancer.
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