Like others, I was shocked when I read about the actress’s recent surgery, following test results that discovered a mutation in a gene known as BRCA-1. Jolie’s chances of getting breast cancer were almost 90 percent. (Her cancer screening cost her $4000, out of pocket.)
I have known several women who have had the same procedure done–double mastectomy–in order to dodge the bullet that claimed the lives of their mothers, aunts, sisters and cousins. It’s a courageous act. And one I’m not sure I could embrace if faced with the same odds.
But apparently, Jolie’s not stopping there. According to ABC news, Jolie will also have her ovaries removed. (Her mother was only 56 when she died of ovarian cancer.)
Jolie is 37.