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Angelina Jolie Undergoes Double Mastectomy To Reduce Her Risk Of Breast Cancer

Angelina Jolie says that doctors estimated she had an 87% risk of breast cancer and she "decided to be proactive."

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Angelina Jolie writes about her decision:

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.

On why she is writing about her double mastectomy:

I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.

On feeling like no less of a women, because of her surgery:

I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.