Actress Angelina Jolie Reveals She Underwent a Preventative Double Mastectomy

MAY 14: Actress Angelina Jolie reveals in a New York Times op-ed piece published on May 14, 2013 that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery that was completed on April 27, 2013. Jolie noted in the piece that she carries the BRCA1 gene that increases a womanâ¿¿s risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Angelina Jolieâ¿¿s mother, Marcheline Bertrand died from ovarian cancer in 2007 at the age of 56. LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11:  Actress Angelina Jolie, in her role as UN envoy, talks during  a news conference regarding sexual violence against women in conflict, at the Foreign Ministers G8 meeting in Lancaster House on April 11, 2013 in London, England. G8 Foreign Ministers are holding a two day meeting where they will discuss the situation in the Middle East, including Syria and Iran, security and stability across North and West Africa, Democratic People's Republic of Korea and climate change. British Foreign Secretary William Hague will also highlight five key policy priorities.  (Photo by Alistair Grant  - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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MAY 14: Actress Angelina Jolie reveals in a New York Times op-ed piece published on May 14, 2013 that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery that was completed on April 27, 2013. Jolie noted in the piece that she carries the BRCA1 gene that increases a womanâ¿¿s risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Angelina Jolieâ¿¿s mother, Marcheline Bertrand died from ovarian cancer in 2007 at the age of 56. LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Actress Angelina Jolie, in her role as UN envoy, talks during a news conference regarding sexual violence against women in conflict, at the Foreign Ministers G8 meeting in Lancaster House on April 11, 2013 in London, England. G8 Foreign Ministers are holding a two day meeting where they will discuss the situation in the Middle East, including Syria and Iran, security and stability across North and West Africa, Democratic People's Republic of Korea and climate change. British Foreign Secretary William Hague will also highlight five key policy priorities. (Photo by Alistair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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