Earlier this week Angelina Jolie announced in a New York Times op-ed article that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 Gene, which dramatically increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Jolie wrote, “My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman. Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.”
A mastectomy for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, is an operation that removes all or part of the breast.