Angelina Jolie, 37, is more than just an Academy Award-winning actress. She’s a humanitarian, and this time she’s spoken out for women who’ve had to make a difficult decision. In a New York Times op-ed piece, Jolie revealed that she carries the “fault” breast cancer gene, BRCA1 and that she had a preventative double mastectomy in February 2013.
The mother of six lost her own mother, Marcheline Bertrand, to cancer at the young age of 56. “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,” wrote Jolie. “I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience.”
The “Salt” actress, who also had reconstruction and breast implants as part of the procedure, reduced her risk of getting breast cancer from 87 percent to 5 percent.
She says the reason she chose to to the surgery is because she wanted to be there for her kids. “I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer,” said the beautiful actress. “It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that’s it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was.”
Jolie is not the only star who has had a double mastectomy. Check out some other famous names.
Giuliana Rancic, 38, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2011 and had a double mastectomy in December of the same year. “I’ll be totally honest. While I was recovering, I was thinking, ‘I’m really going to be asking people what they’re wearing?’ I didn’t know if I could find the joy in it again,” said the “Fashion Police” co-star and E! News co-host. Fans are thrilled to see that Rancic, is back on TV and seems happy and healthy.
“Married… with Children” alumna Christina Applegate, 41, announced in 2008 that she carried the BRCA1 gene. She also underwent a double mastectomy. Today, the blonde beauty is cancer free and married to Porno for Pyros bassist Martyn LeNoble. We loved her on NBC’s “Up All Night,” which ended in 2012.
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates, 64, an ovarian cancer survivor, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. She underwent a double mastectomy, but today she’s just fine. “My family calls me Kat because I always land on my feet and thankfully this is no exception,” said Bates. “I’m looking forward to getting back to work doing what I love to do.” Bates will appear in “American Horror Story: Coven” in October 2013.
Ozzy Osbourne’s 60-year-old wife, Sharon Osbourne, battled colon cancer in the early 2000s. Years later, she underwent a bilateral mastectomy. “As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought: ‘The odds are not in my favour.’ I’ve had cancer before and I didn’t want to live under that cloud: I decided to just take everything off, and had a double mastectomy.” Today, “The Talk” host is healthy and an avid fan of the Atkins Diet.
Funny gal Wanda Sykes, 49, underwent a bilateral mastectomy in 2011. The comedienne admits there was no humor in dealing with the recovery. “Back home I was miserable. Every day I had to change the bandages and look at it, and it was not pretty at all. I was getting mad, depressed; I went through this range of emotions. I kept asking, ‘When am I going to feel like myself again?’ I wanted my life back,” said Sykes.
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