Angelina Jolie's Mastectomy

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Angelina Jolie's May 2013 announcement that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy to decrease breast cancer risk focused media attention on the practice of preventive mastectomy (prophylactic mastectomy). The actress has reported a family history of breast cancer. Her mother had breast cancer and died of ovarian cancer at age 56. Ms. Jolie also revealed that she has a gene mutation in the hereditary breast cancer risk gene BRCA1, placing her in a high-risk group for developing breast cancer in the future.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2014

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