Angelina Takes Drastic Action

Angelina Jolie before her procedures (courtesy of http://www.newsorena,com)

I’ve been away at a conference all day and just heard the latest news from arguably one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood: Angelina Jolie. In an op-ed piece published in Tuesday’s edition of The New York Times—which can be found here—Jolie explained why she decided to do what many found shocking, at least at first.

The 37-year-old actress and mate of Brad Pitt had a double mastectomy.

For those of you unfamiliar with the procedure, a mastectomy involves the removal of all (or sometimes part) of the breast, primarily to remove cancerous cells or as a preventative measure to reduce the likelihood of cancer later.

Jolie opted for the latter and, in a series of procedures that included salvaging nipples, removing breast tissue, replacing tissue with fillers and reconstructing the breasts using implants, she managed to reduce her likelihood of someday developing breast cancer from 87% all the way down to 5%.

“Once I knew this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much as I could,” Jolie said recently of her decision. And I certainly commend her on being so logical and, more importantly, so brave.

Jolie carries a mutation of the gene BRCA1—a breast cancer susceptibility gene known for suppressing tumors when it isn’t mutated—which dramatically increased her risk of developing both ovarian and breast cancer. And what’s worse, her mother Marcheline Bertrand died of ovarian cancer in 2007. She was only 56 years old.

And Jolie wasn’t taking any chances, especially with regard to her kids.

“I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer,” she explained. “And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can.”

Now if that isn’t a good mother, I don’t know what is. And as much as I hate for something like this to happen to someone so young—and someone so attractive—at least it proves that where Angelina is concerned, her beauty definitely is not only skin deep.

Posted on May 15, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. It disconcerts me the degree to which people (men in particular) are freaking out about a body that is not their own, especially given that’s she’s already had her breasts surgically reconstructed.

    Agreed: she’s a proactive mother. Thanks for the post.

  2. I have to applaud her for taking such a big step. Better to try to fight it now than later…

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