Angelina Jolie

Actress Angelina Jolie revealed in a New York Times op-ed piece that she recently underwent a preventive double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Jolie noted in the piece that she carries the BRCA1 gene that increases a woman's risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer in 2007 at 56.
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Actress Angelina Jolie revealed in a New York Times op-ed piece that she recently underwent a preventive double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Jolie noted in the piece that she carries the BRCA1 gene that increases a woman's risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer in 2007 at 56.

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