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    Angelina Jolie said her mother's death from ovarian cancer inspired her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy in February. "Life comes with many challenges," the 37-year-old actress wrote in a New York Times op-ed. "The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of."
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    Colon cancer survivor Sharon Osbourne said she decided to have a preventive double mastectomy after undergoing genetic testing. "As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought, 'The odds are not in my favor,'" Osbourne, 60, told Hello! Magazine. "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."
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    Guiliana Rancic said she struggled with her body image after her mastectomy. "At first I didn't want to look in the mirror," the 37-year-old E! News co-anchor told Glamour magazine. "I knew I wasn't going to look like a bikini model, so why look? Why even put the image in my head?"
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    Betty Ford was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy shortly after moving into the White House in 1974. "Well, it was gutsy the first time I appeared at a state dinner and I walked down those stairs, and I just knew all eyes were upon me," she told 60 Minutes. "They were probably saying, 'Which one did they say it was?'" Ford died in 2011 at the age of 93.
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    Christina Applegate discovered she had a BRCA gene mutation after having a lumpectomy and radiation for breast cancer. "It just seemed like, 'I don't want to have to deal with this again. I don't want to keep putting that stuff in my body. I just want to be done with this,'" the 41-year-old actress told CNN, recalling her decision to have a double mastectomy. "I was just going to let them go."
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    Columnist and former "Good Morning America" correspondent Erma Bombeck had a mastectomy in 1992 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Bombeck died in 1996 at the age of 69 from complications after a kidney transplant.
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    Author Judy Blume blogged about her decision to have a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after she was diagnosed with cancer at age 74. "The idea of mastectomy wasn't a difficult emotional decision for me (again, these are very personal reactions and decisions)," Blume wrote. "Maybe because my breasts have never defined my sexuality. Who knows?"
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    Kathy Bates had a double mastectomy in 2012, two months after getting a breast cancer diagnosis. "I don't miss my breasts as much as I miss 'Harry's Law,'" the 64-year-old actress tweeted, referring to the show that earned her an Emmy nod. "Thanks for all the sweet tweets. Y'all kept me going."
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    Lynn Redgrave had a mastectomy and chemotherapy to treat breast cancer in 2003. The British actress died from breast cancer seven years later at the age of 67.
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    Nancy Reagan defended her decision to have a mastectomy instead of a lumpectomy after her cancer diagnosis. "I couldn't possibly lead the kind of life I lead, and keep the schedule that I do, having radiation or chemotherapy," she told ABC's "20/20." "Maybe if I'd been 20 years old, hadn't been married, hadn't had children, I would feel completely differently. But for me it was right."
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    Olivia Newton-John said positive thinking helped her through her breast cancer diagnosis and mastectomy. "I am sure that if I had felt sorry for myself, then things would have been a lot worse," the 64-year-old "Grease" star told the U.K.'s Daily Mail. "I am a great believer in the power of positive thinking. It can get you through an awful lot."
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    Wanda Sykes said she had a double mastectomy in 2011 after she was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ or DCIS, also known as stage zero breast cancer. "It sounds scary up front," Sykes told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, "But what do you want? Do you want to wait and not be as fortunate when it comes back and it's too late?"
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    Montel Williams said he underwent an unnecessary double mastectomy after he was misdiagnosed with breast cancer at age 19. In an interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz, Williams said a doctor removed both of his nipples as well as glands, lymph nodes and muscles for what was later determined to be gynecomastia – a benign enlargement of male breast tissue.
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