Angelina Jolie underwent a preventative double mastectomy in February 2013.
The Maleficent star whose own mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of cancer in 2007, underwent the preventative measure after learning she carries a “fault” breast cancer gene, BRCA1.
“My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman,” she writes in a essay for the Tuesday, May 14 edition of the New York Times
“Once I knew that this was my reality,” the mother of six tells, “I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.”