Angelina Jolie reveals she had double mastectomy

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NEW YORK — Actress Angelina Jolie revealed in a New York Times op-ed article Monday that she had a double mastectomy.

angelina jolieAfter discovering she carried the BRCA1 gene, which dramatically increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, Jolie decided to undergo the surgery.

Jolie’s doctors estimated she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, she said.

But she cautioned, every woman’s risk is different.

Jolie’s mother died of ovarian cancer at 56-years-old.