Angelina Jolie undergoes double mastectomy

In one of the most powerful editorial piece that The New York Times has ever published on women's health, actress, Angelina Jolie reveals that she has undergoes double mastectomy.   In her opinion piece, titled "My Medical Choice," Jolie explained that she underwent the breast removal procedure because she has a mutated BRCA1 gene known to raise a woman's risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

Jolie, 37, shared her reasons for writing the piece below:

"I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy," she wrote. "But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer."


As a woman myself, I applaud Angelina for going public about her private life as this is the best gift that any woman can give to another woman.

So exactly what is Mastectomy? Mastectomy is a Greek word meaning breast removal.

­National Cancer Registry figures show that breast cancer is also the number one cancer among women of all population groups except black ­women, where it comes in second after cervical cancer.

Angelina Jolie undergoes double mastectomy

Here are some questions to ask your surgeon as you plan mastectomy surgery:

  • How many times have you performed mastectomy?

  • What are the risks of mastectomy?

  • How should I prepare for surgery?

  • How long will surgery take?

  • Will you remove any underarm lymph nodes (axillary node dissection) along with the breast tissue?

  • What kind of anesthesia will I have?

  • Will I need blood transfusions? Should I donate my own blood before surgery?

  • If I have immediate breast reconstruction, how will my breast look after surgery? What are the risks of having reconstruction surgery?

  • If I choose not to have immediate reconstruction, how will my chest look after surgery?

  • Will I be at risk for lymphedema after surgery?

  • How long will I stay in the hospital?

  • How long will it take to recover?

  • Are there any precautions I should take as I recover? Will you give me written instructions to follow?

  • Are there exercises I need to do after surgery?

  • When can I return to my normal routine and activities?

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