Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie shocked fans worldwide back in May 2013, when she revealed that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy. “I decided to be proactive and to minimise the risk as much I could,” she said at the time, reports BBC.
Brad Pitt’s other half is unfortunately not only very prone to suffering from breast cancer, but also ovarian cancer, reports E! Online. Jolie also has an approximately 50% risk of developing ovarian cancer, of which her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died from at the age of only 56.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Oscar-winner revealed her journey to stay healthy is far from over. “There’s still another surgery to have, which I haven’t yet,” the Maleficent actor explained. “I’ll get advice from all these wonderful people who’ve I’ve been talking to, to get through the next stage.”
Despite the prospect of more surgery, the mother of six couldn’t be more positive. “I’m great! I’m very happy I made the decision,” she said of her mastectomy. “I was very fortunate to have great doctors and very, very fortunate to have a good recovery.”
Jolie also went on to relate to others going through illness. “Wherever I go, usually I run into women and we talk about health issues, women’s issues, breast cancer, ovarian cancer. I’ve talked to men about their daughters’ and wives’ health. It makes me feel closer to other people who deal with the same things and have either lost their parents or are considering surgeries or wondering about their children...The reason that I wrote it was to try to communicate and help and connect with other women and other families going through the same thing. And ...I was very, very moved by all the support and kindness from so many people.”
Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2014.
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