Angelina Jolie's Aunt Dies of Breast Cancer

Hollywood actress deals with family death weeks after double mastectomy surgery.
2:07 | 05/27/13

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It's the news that angelina jolie's aunt passed away over the weekend. Did that influence her decision to have a double mastectomy when she did. Overnight, abc news learned that angelina jolie's aunt, debbie martin, passed away at the age of 61. Is comes less than two weeks when jolie revealed she had a double-mastectomy, after testing posior a faulty gene that could lead to the same for her. Martin's husband, ron, said his wife had the same deflective gene that jolie does. Because of the brca gene in the maternal side of the family,ing and leangelina did the smartest thing on earth. Jolie explains how her family's history with cancer influenced her decision to undergo the surgery. My doctors estimated I had an 87% chance of breast cancer. I decided to be proactive and minimize the risk as much i could. The megastar writing of her mother, saying, she held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and hold them in her arms. My other children will never have a chance to know her. We often 1350ek of mommy's mommy. And I try to explain about the illness that took away from us.Lie started the medical procedures back in february and completed the process at the end of april. She went on to say, the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one that I'm very happy that I made. I can tell my children they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer. So hope that she is okay. We wish her the best. It's a tough call. But it's a smart one. The numbers were on her side. Every woman, according to the national cancer institute, has a 12% risk of developing breast cancer. She's having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed next. We move on.

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