Actress Angelina Jolie reveals she had surgery to remove breasts
(KTNV) -- Actress and director Angelina Jolie has gone public after making a tough medical choice that may have been a life saver.
Jolie has revealed that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy after discovering she carried the gene which increases a woman's risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
She says "The decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But, it is one I am very happy that I made ... I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer."
Jolie's mother died in 2007 at the age of 56 after battling ovarian cancer for nearly a decade.
After this surgery, Jolie's doctors say her chances of developing breast cancer have dropped signficantly from 87 percent to under five percent.
Jolie revealed her decision and details about the surgery in an op-ed piece for the New York Times.