Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy to prevent likelihood of cancer. Her mother lost the battle with breast cancer at age 56. Angelina has the BRCA1 gene which increases her risk of developing both breast cancer and ovarian cancer. She had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer.
She privately started the steps for the mastectomy on February 2nd, 2013. The final stages were complete by April 27th, 2013.
She goes public with her choice and writes about the details surrounding the events in the New York Times here.
Angelina’s long term partner, Brad Pitt, has been supportive and with her each step of the way, and she write how this has made them closer.