Angelina Jolie hailed for mastectomy

2013-05-14 13:38
London – British health campaigners on Tuesday hailed Angeline Jolie for speaking out about undergoing a double mastectomy to prevent cancer, reports The Telegraph.

The Oscar-winning actress made the announcement that she has had a preventive double mastectomy in the form of an op-ed she authored for Tuesday's New York Times under the headline, "My Medical Choice".

Health campaigners in the UK praised Jolie, 37, saying her story will provide support for women in similar situations and it will also raise the profile of the genetic defect.

Jolie decided to have a double mastectomy after genetic testing showed she carries the "faulty" BRCA1 gene and had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer and a 50% chance of getting ovarian cancer.

'She's a very brave lady'

Founder of the UK's National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline Wendy Watson said: "It raises the profile for other women to look to if they have a family history and would benefit from being screened more frequently, or having surgery or having a genetic test."

Watson, who underwent a double mastectomy aged 37 in 1992, added that Jolie "probably feels that undergoing the operation is common sense but it probably does take a certain amount of courage to face it".

Foreign Secretary William Hague, who visited refugee camps in the Democratic Republic of Congo with Jolie in March, told Sky News that she gave no indication that she's receiving treatment: "I think she's a very brave lady, not only to carry on with her work so well during such treatment, but also to write about it now and talk about it. I think that she's a brave lady and will be an inspiration to many."

Jolie, who has six children with fiance Brad Pitt, said that the process to have both her breasts removed was "like a scene out of a science-fiction film".


  • Sheilan - 2013-05-14 13:58

    I take my hat off to her.

      Simon Templer - 2013-05-14 18:04

      She had her breasts amputated WITHOUT having even the smallest sign of cancer! There is something very wrong with that logic! It's like amputating your leg in case you MAY lose it one day in the future.Rubbish! Just another publicity stunt because the six babies '... she had with fiance Brad Pitt' (Brad you stud! Now she tells us!)just isn't pulling the paparazzi anymore.

      Wesley Fick - 2013-05-14 22:16

      Simon, you really are a simpleton. Angie is genetic disease that almost guarantees her getting breast cancer. Go read up on the BRCA1 gene mutations and how it destroys lives because it has a 80% chance of giving both males and females breast cancer. For her, breast cancer was a real problem and a ticking time bomb. This woman has done more for the world in her life than most celebrities in the trade today. Legend - wait for it - dary!

      Hot Pants - 2013-05-15 12:51

      This has to be the best excuse for cosmetic surgery I have heard of in my life...well done!!!

  • Rashida Patel - 2013-05-14 14:02

    Amazing and brave lady!!. Wellwishes!!

  • JS MysMan - 2013-05-14 14:37

    A friend of mine had this done and has never looked back. No more worrying every time you find a cyst, dreading every checkup, having nightmares about dying and leaving your children behind. I think it is a personal choice that should not be criticised.

  • Puleng Mabuya - 2013-05-14 14:52

    anorexia.she should eat

  • Timothy Crowley - 2013-05-14 15:05

    Bravery, I think not, with a 95% chance of getting cancer, 95 % of those that can afford it would do the exact same procedure!

  • bmaestro - 2013-05-14 16:10

    one brave woman,i salute you Angelina

  • Semma Aphane - 2013-05-14 16:23

    Why would someone be praised for cutting off their breast is unheard off? Doctors have studied the human body but God heals, that't a fact.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-05-14 16:51

      God does not cure cancer you idiot.

      Lourens van Niekerk - 2013-05-14 19:48

      Amen nurse, some people can be so delusional.

      Wesley Fick - 2013-05-14 22:25

      Some cancers can be beaten. Jolie has a mutation in her genes that guarantee her developing breast cancer quite early in life, and there's no cure for it.

  • Nurse Helenk - 2013-05-14 16:51

    She might still get cancer, her mother died of ovarian cancer, she needs to keep going to tests.

  • Kirsten Anne Foster - 2013-05-14 16:54

    And what about the poor women who can't afford new breasts- they are the heroes

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-05-14 22:16

    I think it is time you get married. Your 3 natural children do not think the others are their brothers and sister, they do not look the same, so do not kid yourself. I know a few woman who had the same operation, no big issue. Bad woman have children out of wedlock deliberately, to scared to commit. Sagging breasts that was your problem, and trying to make it look brave. Feel so sorry for you, Brad will leave you, you have to many issues.

  • Bruin Vel - 2013-05-14 23:52

    @Patricia Dewet : You just gave me a good laugh now. "Brad will leave you, you have to many issues" lol, say it sista.

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