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By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: May 16th, 2013
Angelina Jolie to have ovaries removed following double mastectomy

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.

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