Angelina Jolie has had a double mastectomy after learning there was an 87% chance she would develop breast cancer, she has revealed.
The star who it transpires continued to work in the public eye during her treatment, speaking out about violence against women and children at the G8 summit in London last month had the procedure in February after learning she was a carrier of the BRCA1 cancer gene. She lost her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, at the age of 56 to ovarian cancer, which Angelina revealed she also has a 50% chance of contracting.
Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65% risk of getting it, on average. Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could, she wrote in a piece entitled My Medical Choice for the New York Times. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.
She had her breasts removed in February of this year, and reconstructive surgery followed in April. Her chances of contracting breast cancer have now been reduced to 5%.
In the article she also praised the support of her long-term partner, Brad Pitt, and their children Maddox, 11, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, six, and four-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, saying: We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has.