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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Angelina Jolie: 'I've Had A Double Mastectomy'

American actress Angelina Jolie has written about her decision to have a double mastectomy.

The Oscar-winner was found to have a faulty gene which sharply increases the chance of her developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Jolie, who lives with Hollywood star Brad Pitt, says in an article for the New York Times that her mother fought cancer for 10 years before her death.

She writes: "My doctors estimated that I had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman.