Angelina Jolie reveals she had double mastectomy

Angelina Jolie reveals she had double mastectomy

May 14, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM CDT

Actress Angelina Jolie revealed in an op-ed piece in Tuesday's New York Times that she has undergone a double mastectomy because doctors told her she had a high risk of breast cancer.

According to Jolie's editorial in the New York Times:

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.

Jolie went on to write: Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.

Read Jolie's op-ed in the New York Times HERE.

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