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Angelina Jolie Announces She Has Undergone Preventive Double Mastectomy

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In an op-ed piece to be published in Tuesday’s New York Times, actressAngelina Jolie has announced that she recently completed a preventive double mastectomy. In the piece, the actress explains that the procedures have decreased her chances of getting breast cancer, from 87% to 5%, and that she feels “empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

Jolie says she is sharing her experience now in hopes that other women can benefit from it.

From Jolie’s New York Times op-ed:

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.

Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent 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. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.

On April 27, I finished the three months of medical procedures that the mastectomies involved. During that time I have been able to keep this private and to carry on with my work.

Jolie goes on to describe, in detail, the procedures, including a reconstruction that she says “can be beautiful.” She also praised husband Brad Pittfor his support, and advised “anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition.”

In December of 2011, oddly enough, E! correspondent Giuliana Rancicannounced that she would undergo double mastectomy surgery, and went straight from that announcement to an interview with… Angelina Jolie.

Read the full op-ed here.

by on May. 14, 2013 at 1:00 AM
Replies (41-50):
kailu1835
by Ruby Member on May. 14, 2013 at 3:03 AM
A friend of mine found what she thought was a lump, so immediately requested an ultrasound. They caught a small malignant lump that was immediately removed, and she's been cancer free for 4 years. Ultrasounds are more affective, because they can distinguish between a benign cyst and a more sinister lump. Another friend of mine had a routine mammogram and freaked out because she had about 8 different lumps in each breast. The doctor was insisting that she get all of them biopsied. She talked to my friend (I introduced them) and she went and got an ultrasound. All of them were diagnosed to be completely benign cysts, but just in case she went ahead and one biopsied. Sure enough, benign cyst. She just has lumpy breasts riddled with cysts lol
Quoting turtle68:

Is there anyway to find breast cancer in time to have treatment without a mammogram?

Quoting kailu1835:

It doesn't sound like it. It sounds like she had some genetic testing done and discovered certain genetic markers that indicate that she is at an increased risk for breast cancer and so decided to just get them removed all together. On a side note, I think that will probably be the end of her acting career unless she chooses to wear fakes. I am sure men everywhere and crying in agony lol My husband thinks she is hot lol
Quoting turtle68:

Im not sure I understand....did she have breast cancer or malignant tumours or benign tumours?

Personally I wouldnt have a double masectomy unless they were riddled with malignant tumours...not benign ones.


babiesbabybaby development

Hi!  My name is Jenn!

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on May. 14, 2013 at 3:03 AM

I was asking Linda :-)  I totally believe it can be genetic, her reply seemed to imply that only radiation and trauma were associated with breast cancer.

Why arent ultrasounds the sole use for detecting breast cancer?  What makes a mammogram the choice of oncologists?

Quoting kailu1835:

Of course it does. But you can have the genetics for it and never get breast cancer. But if you get a mammogram, you increase your risk exponentially (the risks are minimal if you don't have the specific genetic markers). Which is why I mentioned earlier that ultrasounds are safer and more effective.
Quoting turtle68:

You dont think genetics play any part in a family history of breast cancer?


Quoting LindaClement:

I'm with you.

I'm not having one of those mammogram things until they do the same thing to test for testicular cancer.

Breast cancer is associated with two things: physical trauma and radiation. Yea, both at once.

No thanks.

Quoting kailu1835:

Yes, I do mean NOT getting mammograms. Mammograms use xray. For someone who already has genetic markers for breast cancer, a single xray can triple that person's risk. Ultrasound is not only a heck of a lot safer, it is also more accurate in determining whether a lump is a cyst or otherwise.
Quoting OrangeBalloon:

Do you really mean NOT getting mammograms? 

That is pretty extreme, but I don't blame her for doing it. 

Quoting kailu1835:

Whatever. Way too extreme. There are plenty of ways to minimize the risks. Starting with no mammograms.





kailu1835
by Ruby Member on May. 14, 2013 at 3:08 AM
Oh, sorry. I didn't mean to butt in lol. I have no idea why the ACA still recommends regular mammograms, after stating that radiation to the chest increases the risk of breast cancer. If you figure that out, let me know lol. My friend who had the malignancy goes to a doctor that regularly recommends ultrasound instead of mammograms, but he's a bit more naturalistic than most, despite his being an MD.
Quoting turtle68:

I was asking Linda :-)  I totally believe it can be genetic, her reply seemed to imply that only radiation and trauma were associated with breast cancer.

Why arent ultrasounds the sole use for detecting breast cancer?  What makes a mammogram the choice of oncologists?

Quoting kailu1835:

Of course it does. But you can have the genetics for it and never get breast cancer. But if you get a mammogram, you increase your risk exponentially (the risks are minimal if you don't have the specific genetic markers). Which is why I mentioned earlier that ultrasounds are safer and more effective.
Quoting turtle68:

You dont think genetics play any part in a family history of breast cancer?


Quoting LindaClement:

I'm with you.

I'm not having one of those mammogram things until they do the same thing to test for testicular cancer.

Breast cancer is associated with two things: physical trauma and radiation. Yea, both at once.

No thanks.

Quoting kailu1835:

Yes, I do mean NOT getting mammograms. Mammograms use xray. For someone who already has genetic markers for breast cancer, a single xray can triple that person's risk. Ultrasound is not only a heck of a lot safer, it is also more accurate in determining whether a lump is a cyst or otherwise.
Quoting OrangeBalloon:

Do you really mean NOT getting mammograms? 

That is pretty extreme, but I don't blame her for doing it. 

Quoting kailu1835:

Whatever. Way too extreme. There are plenty of ways to minimize the risks. Starting with no mammograms.





babiesbabybaby development

Hi!  My name is Jenn!

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on May. 14, 2013 at 3:12 AM

all good :-)

I found this information


Quoting kailu1835:

Oh, sorry. I didn't mean to butt in lol. I have no idea why the ACA still recommends regular mammograms, after stating that radiation to the chest increases the risk of breast cancer. If you figure that out, let me know lol. My friend who had the malignancy goes to a doctor that regularly recommends ultrasound instead of mammograms, but he's a bit more naturalistic than most, despite his being an MD.
Quoting turtle68:

I was asking Linda :-)  I totally believe it can be genetic, her reply seemed to imply that only radiation and trauma were associated with breast cancer.

Why arent ultrasounds the sole use for detecting breast cancer?  What makes a mammogram the choice of oncologists?

Quoting kailu1835:

Of course it does. But you can have the genetics for it and never get breast cancer. But if you get a mammogram, you increase your risk exponentially (the risks are minimal if you don't have the specific genetic markers). Which is why I mentioned earlier that ultrasounds are safer and more effective.
Quoting turtle68:

You dont think genetics play any part in a family history of breast cancer?


Quoting LindaClement:

I'm with you.

I'm not having one of those mammogram things until they do the same thing to test for testicular cancer.

Breast cancer is associated with two things: physical trauma and radiation. Yea, both at once.

No thanks.

Quoting kailu1835:

Yes, I do mean NOT getting mammograms. Mammograms use xray. For someone who already has genetic markers for breast cancer, a single xray can triple that person's risk. Ultrasound is not only a heck of a lot safer, it is also more accurate in determining whether a lump is a cyst or otherwise.
Quoting OrangeBalloon:

Do you really mean NOT getting mammograms? 

That is pretty extreme, but I don't blame her for doing it. 

Quoting kailu1835:

Whatever. Way too extreme. There are plenty of ways to minimize the risks. Starting with no mammograms.






Sunshine257
by Bronze Member on May. 14, 2013 at 3:13 AM
I can see why she did it. Going through what she went through with her mother. I guess her priorities are being around for her children. I don't think I could do it myself ..
white_wolf454
by Member on May. 14, 2013 at 3:26 AM


Quoting kailu1835:

Whatever. Way too extreme. There are plenty of ways to minimize the risks. Starting with no mammograms.

why no Mammograms i was told you had to 

GotSomeKids
by Silver Member on May. 14, 2013 at 3:57 AM

Powerful step, powerful story!!!!

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on May. 14, 2013 at 4:07 AM
1 mom liked this

Here's where we find out how shallow (or not) women on CafeMom are.

Every year, when people do threads "What woman would you have sex with?", Angelina gets listed by women on CafeMom as their secret lesbian crush.

Think she'll still make the list in 2 year's time?

toomanypoodles
by Ruby Member on May. 14, 2013 at 4:13 AM

 Very brave...but if it prevents possible death...gosh, go for it. 

Arroree
by Ruby Member on May. 14, 2013 at 5:08 AM
1 mom liked this

Good on her, i hope she recovers quickly and easily.


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