Angelina Jolie had double mastectomy

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    Apparently, she has a faulty BRCA1 gene. She knew her family history of breast cancer, got tested for the presence of the faulty gene and decided to be pro-active and had surgery. Compelling story.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html?hp
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    Just finished reading her account of this myself. Bold decision though with the odds for cancer going from high 80s to less than 5 it was clearly the right one. My mom and one aunt are breast cancer survivors. My other aunt (they are twins) chose the same route as Angelina.
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    sheesh...what a shame. Poor babe. Poor... meaning unfortunate.
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    Must have been tough on your mom and her sisters and the rest of the family.
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    It depends. Some women have a really hard time with mastectomies and then others seem to handle it in stride. I'm sure in Jolie's case she'll get top-of-the-line implants and nobody will ever know the difference.
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    Yeah it was but we did get good news on my sisters and cousins as it seems they don't have the gene which causes the higher risk.

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