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Angelina Jolie Undergoes Preventive Double Mastectomy

The actress discovered she has the BRCA1 gene which increases the risk of getting breast cancer.
1:51 | 05/14/13

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Transcript for Angelina Jolie Undergoes Preventive Double Mastectomy
Here's some breaking news for you Angelina Jolie eight. She got a preventative double mastectomy -- Now anybody at home doesn't know what that is essentially she removed all of the breast tissue. From her breasts. To prevent any breast cancer from ever infiltrating your body and obviously we know what some of the consequences of breast cancer can be so she writes this. Kind of like an op Ed in the New York Times he'll he'll see this is -- And -- what she's saying is that almost a decade after her mom died and I had only 56 years old after a long long struggle with breast cancer. She decided to do this because she wanted to be able to tell her children with confidence. That she would not die of breast cancer like mommy mommy -- which is how she refers -- were on mom. So this whole process started on February 2 and on April 27 she finally finished up and she essentially got reconstructive surgery they take although breast tissue out they give -- -- in plant. And she essentially looks like nothing ever happened she says she wanted it so that her children couldn't tell the difference and they can't tell the difference the initial surgery is eight hours this is what she endured in order to make herself. Feel more comfortable. And she has now dropped from 87% because her mother died of breast cancer she was very high when -- came into it she had the gene for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. -- drop from 87% chance of getting breast cancer 25% chance while. It's incredible a lot of people are doing this you get tested to simple blood test he determine whether or not you have this -- does raise awareness that. And that's it she's hoping that you'll see on the cover for -- magazine -- -- following the arrogantly as celebrities. Well probably tip this measure -- at heart and I haven't actually did it.

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