Angelina Jolie revealed to The New York Times that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy back in April after she learned that she was at high risk for both breast and ovarian cancer. Now, Hollywood is standing behind the 37-year-old mother-of-six, with everyone from Giuliana Rancic to Elizabeth Banks speaking out in support of Jolie.
Having lost her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, to breast cancer and knowing the pain of such a loss, Jolie said she did not want her kids to ever have to suffer like she did. “My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was,” Jolie writes in an op-ed piece.
“We often speak of mommy’s mommy, and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a faulty gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.”
Jolie said she decided to open up about the surgery because she wanted to educate and empower other women who might be at risk to do the same. The Girl, Interrupted actress will be joining the likes of Christina Applegate, Sharon Osbourne, Wanda Sykes, Kathy Bates, Montel Williams and Giuliana Rancic who all have undergone double mastectomies.
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