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Angelina Jolie Double Mastectomy: Celebrities Tweet Support

Angelina Jolie Double Mastectomy: Celebrities Tweet Support

Early this morning (May 14), Angelina Jolie bravely revealed her decision to undergo a breast cancer-preventive double mastectomy over the past several months.

As the news has spread, celebrities have been offering their support and praise for the brave decision to raise awareness by sharing her story with the public.

“I commend Angelina Jolie for her courage and thoughtfulness in sharing her story today regarding her mastectomy. So brave!” Sheryl Crow, who suffered from breast cancer, tweeted.

Angelina Jolie reveals double mastectomy. Proud of her for using her incredible platform to educate women” Giuliana Rancic, who underwent a mastectomy herself, wrote on her Twitter in support.

Click inside to check out what other celebrities had to say…

Elizabeth Banks: “Much respect & for sharing in classy way: Angelina Jolie on why she had a double mastectomy & how it can save lives.”

Nia Vardalos: “A moment of quiet respect for Angelina Jolie‘s candor and all women’s bravery in facing this choice.”

Kristen Bell: “An admirable op ed by Angelina Jolie

Ariana Grande: “This is so moving and inspiring. Angelina Jolie is the most beautiful, inside and out.”

Mindy Kaling: “a must-read for women!”

Zelda Williams: “Wonderful to hear an icon speaking out about their cancer prevention. Incredible.”

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  • Annie

    Incredible woman. It’s hilarious seeing the haters grovel for reasons to hate on her.

  • Sherry (not from JPW)

    Hi JP fans,
    Notice 3 major hens showing their support for Angie… very strange that…

  • JustMe

    Her honesty is moving…. giving up her privacy to safe lives !!! Respect !

  • cindy

    Brave decision. Her children and the world need Angelina. God bless her.

  • amy

    Smart move. She’s lucky she can afford to get reconstructive surgery afterwards. They should offer reconstructive surgery to all women who need it.

  • Lily

    I have such deep respect for that woman. She contributes to the world in so many ways through her actions and her dedication by bringing awareness to actual issues.
    She has all my support, may she recover very soon.

  • Lily

    @amy: Some country such as France does offer reconstructive surgeries for the women who undergo this procedure. It’s a shame that a rich and “developed” country such as the USA has such an individualistic health care policy.

  • sara

    we always know . she is wonderful and will be forever.
    Angelina you are number one in world

  • Original

    For a preventitive measure ok…her mother died of ovarian cancer…she needs her vagina removed now shes given brad all the kids he needs

  • Original

    any woman that really does have cancer and breasts removed I hope insurance pays for reconstruction..they better

  • Lisa

    but then she goes and puts her life at risk in so many other ways…this woman is whacko and not talkin about her milk machines

  • Angelina

    Angelina you’re the best!!!

  • Live update

    I am Brads age and look about Angies age. Them poor souls are aging so fast..cant stand them anymore so I just thought I would let you fighting, argueing hiefers know…lol…..gotta .stir the pot once every two years.

  • Sara

    So proud of the way Angie came out so that more women will be aware of this cancer. Proud to be a JP fan…

  • Gabby

    Absolutely amazing of her to publicize something like this. Breast cancer kills so many women every year. It takes a lot of courage to undergo a double mastectomy and it takes even more to be so open about it. I really do commend her and all the other women who have undergone the procedure, as well as, all the women around the world who are fighting breast cancer.

  • g

    I think she is paranoid for doing it, and of course she has to make it public to gain some sympathy

  • tinamarie

    @Annie: While I don’t like her as a person or an actress I do commend her for this. It was a very hard and brave thing to do. It’s a very touching thing and for her to talk about it should be very moving for any women.

  • Passing Through

    Been getting caught up on the theread and just have to laugh at the trolls. They’ve been wishing Angie ill for over 8 years. Now they’re claiming that we’ve done the same to Ticky and other celebs when that is in fact a bold-faced lie. At no point since I first clapped eyes on Ticky’s harline adjustment have I ever wished her ill or dead. We have wished her to go away, to grow up, get over herself, to move on, to expand her world, to get a life, to stop saying she wants kids when she doesn’t, to go somewhere other than Meh-hee-co, to stop stalking Brad and Angie, to stop lying and admit that she’s more than 2% to blame for her marriage imploding, to find something to talk about in interviews other than her hair, diet and excercise routines, to close her thighs and not say yes to every dirtbag in the world, to stop fronting like Squiggy bought that engagement ring, etc., etc., etc.
    .
    AT NO POINT HAVE WE WISHED TICKY ILL OR DEAD. There are Angie haters who have wished her ill or dead for almost 9 years and felt no remorse or shame and can’t bring themselves to admit to even 1 gram of sympathy or empathy for Angie and the situation she found herself in. I refuse to stoop to the trolls’ level and wish ill on Ticky. I still want her to go away or STFU…but I don’t wish her ill and I never have. The fact that Angie’s fans take the high road in this regard underscores what bottom-feedling lowlifes the haters are. Haters hate on. One day it’ll come back to bite you in the ass. Too bad we’ll probably never hear about…

  • SPONGEBOB :p

    Angelina is a strong woman, she is not only thinking about herself but also gives awareness and support to other women. Her family must be so proud of her and so are her devoted fans. You are a true Hero!!!

  • Sayer

    This is unusual for Angie to reveal something like this. It makes her more human.

  • hm

    yeah, and let’s not forget the women who aren’t famous that go through this procedure alone or who develop cancer and can’t afford it — strong women aren’t just the ones you read about on a blog or magazine!!

  • hm

    ..but i hope women don’t take what she did so literal & go out and do the same thing because they think they MIGHT have cancer 40 yrs down the road — strangely enough this could become a fad and that scares me a little..

  • what

    @Passing Through: get help =/

  • anustin

    moron…..you get help!!! pronto!!! not passing through…..

  • Lara

    Her penchant for self-mutilation in the past, including disfiguring tattoos, self-distructive addiction, risky sexual behavior and now this….hmm …it does enter the mind. (all cries for help)
    The benefit of the doubt goes to her and I do wish her well .

  • Simy Alanes the turd

    @what: = Simy Alanes

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  • just thinking

    What would Ticky do to over shadow this world news of a double mastectomy? Will she and her PR machine be announcing a “double nipple-ectomy ” soon “? I know she is always stalking Angie.

  • answer

    This guy is rude to the JPs, b>t his snark generated a funny answer to your question:

    ..
    @entylawyer. Do you think fat tick old manny is asking herself this morning what she needs to do to top this one from Angelina Jolie? 
    ——— 
    Sara @sumsmores @entylawyer sex change. It’s the only option. Or face transplant.

  • Domino

    What a stupid thing to do, not surprised. Attention seeker.

  • LaCroix

    Im shocked at all the retarded comments that Angie did this for attention?! Angie’s mother died of cancer, if you all had half a brain you’d know its hereditary, she carried the gene. The only reason you hate on her for such an amazing thing she achieved is because in every possible way she upstages your darling Jen Aniston. Which is so old by now.. get a grip & move on haters.

  • GetURlifeJared

    Hey Jared…and staff…can you try not to have 131 different AJ threads every 4 minutes today – giving the demonic trolls a fresh start to crap all over Angie in each one? First the thumbs disappear, now these awful ugly cows attacking their better in every way. I won’t be back if you keep this up, EVER. Thanks.

  • Phool

    Can we please ignore Tickys sick Trolls just like their idol they wish harm & death to others that’s how sick they are. I am ashamed to see that people like these exist, no one ever has wished harm on Ticky on this site yes we mock her but never despise her that much to wish her ill and thats a fact.

  • Catt

    For all of us who know or known someone that has battled this disease is grateful that Angie has shared this with the world. Every woman should have affordable access to the BRCA tests just like a mammogram. Angie has enlightening us that steps can be taken to prevent this disease if you have the cancer gene. THANKS

  • AWHODAT!

    Bravo, PT. Truer words have never been said. And yes, we can bet our LIFE! that haters are perpetually in pain (mentally, physically, spiritually. emotionally). But because theyre nobodies, we wont physically be able to see the karmic results of their pathetic life. But by god! we get a glimpse of it in the effluence they leave all around the internet. And so, we KNOW.

    And then we look at the life of Angie and Brad, and we see what love can look like. And JP fans choose love. Everytime. Thats why we’re so envied by the haterz. BOOYAH!

  • jen the hag

    Phool @ 05/14/2013 at 12:07 pm

    it’s only one sick jenhag coz even in TICKY central like Dlisted there are more praises to Angelina Jolie than what this sick troll is posting here .

  • Angie, i love you… kiss

    Angie is a incredible unique brave women, her wonderful beauty it´s overshadow by her pure heart, good spirit and enormous talent.
    since i saw her in the “Hackers” movie i felt in love with Angie. She was so interesting, talent and amazing beautiful that i start to follow her life with a platonic love that grow until now.
    This news are very sad but she have turned, AGAIN, something very sad and difficult to deal into a message of hope and love. ´
    Angie is talking about another taboo in our society and she will give this subject more visibility and Cancer will be talked and it´s a talk that we must have. she is helping and giving hope to many people in this world. Again.
    I want to support Angie and i want to tell her that she is the most important person in this world that i follow and i wish him well and i will love her forever, my Platonic love grow each day stronger and stronger.
    Be well my beautiful Queen Angelina, i wish you and your family long life and happiness …. a BIG KISS ,,,,,, hmuah

  • Angie, i love you… kiss

    Please all fans must “FLAG” the haters-post and JJ will delete it.

    Please, the fans must used the “flag” option cause it´s disgusting to have the few haters repeating the same disturbed hate-post in each page.

    let´s “FLAG” THE HATERS

  • Bea

    @amy:

    “They” do. Congress guaranteed universal coverage for breast reconstruction after cancer surgery in 1998.

  • thelookoflove1365

    Hope this post go through & not ends up in st*pid moderation.
    .
    So proud of Angie… I wish her the best of health.

  • http://Youaretherudestperson.Ihopeyouwontgetit. Velma Desgusto
  • KissThis

    I understand her worry about developing cancer. This was a smart choice on her part. Her risk has now pretty much diminished. I wish her a quick recovery.

  • Phool

    Angelina Jolie has done something extraordinary
    In publicly discussing her double mastectomy, the actor has challenged the celebrity industry to rethink its bizarre values – and she has done all women a huge service

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    Credit Gauardian UK

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    Of course, Angelina Jolie is not the first actress to have had a mastectomy, that most medical of terms referring to the removal of at least one of the anatomical attributes that actresses are expected to hoik up for the sake of their career. In fact, off the top of my head, I can name four: Christina Applegate, Olivia Newton John, Lynn Redgrave and Kathy Bates have all publicly discussed their mastectomies.

    Nor is she the first to have a preventive double mastectomy: Sharon Osbourne (not an actress but very much a woman in the public eye) announced only last year that she had one after discovering, as she told Hello! magazine, that she had “the breast-cancer gene”.

    Yet while Jolie may not be the first, she has done something that is – by any standards – pretty extraordinary and brave, even on top of having a preventive double mastectomy. She is certainly the highest-profile woman to make such an announcement in a long time, and she is arguably one with the most at stake. For a young, beautiful actress to announce that she has had her breasts removed is, as career moves go, somewhat akin to a handsome leading man announcing he is gay, and that is disgusting and ridiculous on both counts. Ultimately, she has challenged not just her own public image but also the wearisome cliche of what makes a woman sexy, and how a woman considered to be sexy talks about her body.

    Judging from her clear, calm and plain-speaking article in the New York Times discussing why she elected to undergo a double mastectomy, Jolie views publicising her decision as simply a matter of public service:

    “I chose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know they have strong options,” she writes, while acknowledging the issues of financial access that prevent too many women from getting tested and treated.

    Jolie is by now surely used to having certain parts of her body scrutinised by the media – more than most other female celebrities, in fact, and that is truly saying something. Her body shape is often watched for signs of an incipient eating disorder. Her leg got its own Twitter feed after the 2012 Academy Awards. The most personal elements of her life have long been part of the pop-cultural discourse, from her troubled relationship with her difficult father, to her children, to her marriages, to the eternal hoo-hah over the Aniston-Pitt-Jolie triangle that, one suspects, has fascinated the tabloids far longer than it has the participants.

    Yet Jolie herself has always maintained the kind of personal privacy that now only the most A-list of actresses can afford. She rarely gives interviews and she doesn’t pose next to naked on the cover of men’s magazines. Even as Lara Croft, her most obviously sexy role, she generally wore a bodysuit as opposed to a bikini. For a woman who has routinely won in those most crucial of elections – the Sexiest Woman in the World – Jolie has, really, never shown much interest in sharing herself or her body with the public. This makes her decision to do so now in the most personal of ways more powerful, but also, to a certain degree, more understandable.

    For almost a decade now, she has been very determinedly trying to move away from the kind of sexualised films that made her famous, such as Tomb Raider and the eminently forgettable Original Sin with Antonio Banderas, in favour of movies such as A Mighty Heart and Changeling, in which she played, respectively, a grief-struck widow and a grief-struck mother, arguably at the cost of her career. For all her much-vaunted sexiness, Jolie has not relied on her body for acting roles for a long time (and at times, it has looked like she wasn’t even that interested in acting, full stop, preferring instead to focus on her UN work and motherhood). As such, for her then to announce how she has altered it is not quite as potentially career-altering for her as it would be for those who have been led to believe that their breasts are the only currency they have to offer.

    Jolie ends her New York Times article discussing the “challenges” of life, but this is a rare instance of her opting for euphemisms. In earlier paragraphs, with the kind of forthrightness one rarely sees from any member of the entertainment industry, she proffers descriptions of her “nipple delay”, the removal of her breast tissue, temporary fillers, expanders, tubes, blood, scarring and bruising. “I do not feel any less of a woman,” she writes. “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

    That breasts do not exist just to turn on other people will not come as a surprise to any sentient adult human being. Nor, it should go without saying but sadly does not, do breasts make the woman. But brutal, mature reality does not generally have much of a place in the fantasy land where the myths of celebrities and public perception intermix. In fact, in this fantasy land of celebrity puffery and tabloid nonsense, Angelina Jolie was, only 24 hours ago, still, in the eyes of the media, the sex-crazed, blood-drinking, man-stealing seductress (albeit one with six children) that she has been pretty much since she came to the public eye decades ago. In fact, only last weekend I read an article – and I’m using that term in the loosest sense – claiming that Jolie was so adamant to have her wedding before Jennifer Aniston’s that she and Brad Pitt had already booked a “romantic getaway honeymoon” for themselves. Now we know that, contrary to looking up “sexxxxxy hotels” on the internet while having mind-blowing sexy sex, Pitt and Jolie have actually been otherwise engaged at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, while Jolie was being treated for her double mastectomy. Rarely has the disjunct between celebrity gossip rubbish and the actual truth looked so ridiculously exposed.

    Earlier this week, Bret Easton Ellis also wrote a powerful, albeit very different, piece in Out magazine about how gay figures in the public eye are expected to be saintly: “Being ‘real’ and ‘human’ (ie flawed) is not necessarily what The Gay Gatekeepers want straight culture to see,” he wrote.

    One could make a similar argument about how beautiful young women are presented in the press: they are expected to be perfectly proportioned, always photogenic and with all conventionally sexy attributes in their proper place. But part of being a “real” and “human” woman is facing the possibility of breast cancer and dealing with it accordingly.

    Not long ago, public discussions of mastectomies at all were taboo (it was – and let us all pay our respects here – Betty Ford who started the fightback against this when she discussed hers openly in 1974). But the truth is that Jolie – and Applegate, Redgrave, and the rest of the public few – are merely the tip of a pragmatic iceberg as there are plenty of other high-profile women – women whose “bikini bodies” are probably being discussed in celebrity magazines today – who have endured similar operations. But they have decided – for the sake of their careers, for the sake of their mental wellbeing – to keep the fact hidden from the press.

    And, really, who can blame them? What woman would want to be asked about their mastectomy in every interview they give for their rest of their lives? What woman could endure knowing that every time they are photographed – on a red carpet, in a film, papped on a beach – that strangers around the world are scrutinising their body to see whether and how much their chest has changed? A mastectomy involves more than enough pain – both emotional and physical – without even beginning to think about the prurient and ghoulish interest of millions.

    When it comes to celebrities, cynicism is generally the instinctive response. But for Jolie to take all that on, at no benefit to her but simply to draw attention to the illness and ways it can be prevented and treated, should only be applauded. For the celebrity world to begin to grow up and treat its women as adults as opposed to sex objects is still the hope. And for the cost of testing and treatment to get more funding worldwide, thus allowing more women’s lives to be saved, is still the ideal.

  • Phool

    Why Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy Resonates With So Many Women
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    Angelina Jolie’s personal account of being told she has a fault in her BRCA1 gene and decision to have a double mastectomy to reduce the risk of her developing breast cancer has struck a chord with many individuals and families.

    In her account in the New York Times she says she was told by her doctors that the fault in her BRCA1 gene raised her own individual chances of developing breast cancer to 87%.

    Angelina describes her decision to undergo risk reducing surgery after her mother died from breast cancer aged 56.

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK affecting around 55,000 women every year. The vast majority of breast cancers happen by chance but a small number of people diagnosed with breast cancer (less than 10%) have inherited a fault in one of the known breast cancer genes; BRCA1, BRCA2 or TP53 which means they will have a much higher chance of developing the disease over the general population.

    Most breast cancers are not due to inherited (genetic) factors and do not affect the lifetime risk for other relatives. So, even if you have a relative with breast cancer, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re more likely to get it yourself.

    However a small number of people may have an increased risk of developing breast cancer because of a significant family history. A family history looks at the past and present illnesses of your blood relatives (those related to you by birth, not marriage) over several generations.

    If you’re concerned about your risk of developing breast cancer it’s important that you get professional advice tailored to you and your family. Your GP (local doctor) is a good place to start.

    Breast Cancer Care talks to many who may be concerned about a possible family history, either themselves or for others and we have plenty of support on offer for those looking for it. Our breast cancer in families booklet explains what a diagnosis of breast cancer in your family may mean for you. The Breast Cancer Care Helpline (0808 800 6000) can also offer information and support for anyone concerned about breast cancer.

    Being told you have an increased risk of developing breast cancer because of an inherited genetic fault or significant family history can be an anxious time. Making decisions about managing your risk either by earlier screening or risk reducing surgeries can be difficult. Talking to someone who understands how you feel can help.

    Breast Cancer Care can put you in touch with someone who has been through a similar situation and has been trained to offer support. Find out more about one to one support.

    Commenting on the story Dr Emma Pennery, Breast Cancer Care’s Clinical Director said:

    “Angelina’s experience will resonate with the many women we support each day.

    “We welcome Angelina’s comments which highlight this important issue and encourage women in a similar situation to find support. It’s important that anyone who has inherited a faulty BRCA gene is able to make an informed decision about risk-reducing surgery and other options available to them. It is positive that Angelina feels surgery has not reduced her femininity, though we know that people’s experiences of surgery will vary.

    “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. So even if a relative has the disease it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are more likely to get breast cancer. Fewer than 10% of all breast cancers are caused by faulty breast cancer genes; the two most commonly linked to hereditary breast cancer are BRCA1 and BRCA2.

    “If you’re concerned about your risk, talk to a healthcare professional – this could be your GP or if you have breast cancer, your breast care team.”

    -Credit Huffington Post UK

  • Phool

    Jolie admission could prompt more cancer tests
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    Credit:westernadvocate By Amy Corderoy, Sarah Berry May 15, 2013,
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    An announcement by Angelina Jolie that she has had a preventative double mastectomy is likely to encourage more Australian women to test for breast cancer gene mutations, cancer groups said.

    The American actress, whose mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer in 2007, had been tested and found to carry faults in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, increasing her risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

    ”My doctors estimated that I had an 87 per cent risk of breast cancer and a 50 per cent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman,” Jolie wrote in The New York Times. ”Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimise the risk as much I could.” Jolie’s treatment began in February and finished on April 27, with the procedures remaining secret until she wrote the article on her decision.

    Cancer Australia chief executive Helen Zorbas said intense interest in Jolie’s decision was likely to increase the number of Australian women seeking the gene mutation test. ”But the reality is it’s a small proportion of women who are in the situation Angelina Jolie is in, in terms of having such a strong family history and having the test.”

    Up to 5 per cent of the 14,000 breast cancers diagnosed in Australia each year, or about 700 cases, were linked to inherited gene mutations, she said.

    A clinician at the hereditary cancer clinic at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Lesley Andrews, said that in Australia the test for the mutations was not covered by Medicare.

    ”Genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 is individually funded by each hospital,” she said. ”The criteria for women to be offered testing usually includes that there is at least a 10 per cent chance that a mutation will be identified.”

    This typically meant a woman would have two or more relatives diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, with one aged younger than 40 when diagnosed. If a woman was not covered under the hospital policy, the test cost about $2500.

    The head of the breast cancer risk management clinic at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Kelly-Anne Phillips, said about one in five Australian women found to have the breast cancer gene mutations chose a preventative mastectomy.

    ”Having a risk-reducing mastectomy is the most effective way of reducing risk,” she said. ”It can take her from an 80 per cent risk of breast cancer to a … lower risk than an average woman has.”

    Professor Zorbas said outcomes from reconstructive breast surgery could be extraordinarily good, and most women chose to have a reconstruction. ”However, women I have met who have chosen not to have reconstruction are equally happy with their decision.”

  • Phool

    Cancer Advocates Praise Angelina Jolie’s New York Times Mastectomy Op-Ed
    Facing a high risk of breast and ovarian cancer, the actress underwent a preventative double mastectomy
    By Tierney Sneed

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    Those who work in cancer treatment and advocacy praised Angelina Jolie’s op-ed in the New York Times Tuesday detailing her decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.

    “I was favorably impressed with the article,’ says Dr. Alexandra Heerdt, an attending breast surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. “It was wonderful for women who are facing this and are afraid to do this.”

    Jolie wrote that she had discovered she carried the BRCA1 gene which greatly increases a woman’s chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Facing an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer, she chose to undergo three months of treatments that included the mastectomy which brought the risk down to less than 5 percent.

    [Q&A: Jolie's Double Mastectomy]

    “One of the most important points she stressed is that this is not cosmetic surgery,” says Heerdt. “She made it clear that it was a process that she had to go through, and this is not the easiest of processes.”

    Advocates agree that anytime a high-profile figure is willing to come out about such a private medical decision like this it raises awareness about the gene – which they point out is very rare – and opens up the discussion of how to handle it. Kiki Ryan, public relations manager at the breast cancer advocacy organization Susan G. Komen, says, “A lot of people will learn about the BRCA1 gene and we hope it will get them to learn more about their family history.” Amanda Davis, director of communications at the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance was pleased Jolie brought up that the BRCA1 gene also put her at risk for ovarian cancer – a “below the belt cancer” often overlooked, she says. There is no screening test for ovarian cancer and it’s one of the deadliest types, she adds.

    Heerdt says the next step for women concerned by Jolie’s situation would be to examine their family history for a prevalence of breast, ovarian or rectal cancers, and, if so, then talk to their health care providers about receiving further tests for it. “It’s a very small percentage of women that would fall into the same category that Angelina Jolie is in,” she says.

    [REPORT: Breast Cancer Gene Tests Won't Help Most Women]

    Jolie also wrote, “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity,” and advocates were pleased Jolie — chosen “most beautiful” by both Vanity Fair and People — discussed this dimension for her decision.

    “Some women feel that it will make them less of a women, make them less attractive. They have to understand that it doesn’t have to be terribly disfiguring,” says Heerdt. “It is life changing but it doesn’t have to be life ending.”

    Ryan also adds it’s important to keep in mind many women wouldn’t have access to the premium health care providers available to Jolie, who was treated at the Pink Lotis Breast Cancer Center in Beverly Hills. “We need to keep working to provide local clinics with funding and research to allow under-insured, under-serviced women the same options,” she says.

    Credit US News:

  • Phool

    Angelina Jolie, Christine Quinn, and the Art of the New York Times Overshare
    Posted by Kristin Iversen on Tue, May 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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    Late last night, or rather, early this morning, I was doing what I typically do when I am procrastinating. I reorganized the bookshelf by my bed, I considered folding laundry, I put my Elizabeth Taylor mask on my dog and myself, I obsessively refreshed twitter. I did anything except what I was supposed to be doing because what I was supposed to be doing was transcribing an interview, and that involves the specific horrors of not only listening to my own voice, but also being reminded of a terrible habit I have, which is thinking that my interview subject needs to be entertained by me, which means that I then have to listen to the awkward patter that I subject innocent people to and so, yes, I am the worst. I also always forget to ask real questions. Ugh. But so anyway, I turned to twitter to avoid my work.

    And while reading Retta’s Game of Thrones tweets was certainly entertaining enough, at a certain point, my twitter feed exploded with everyone who was still awake linking to Angelina Jolie’s New York Times Op-Ed, wherein she revealed her decision to undergo a double mastectomy as a preventive measure against the cancer that killed her mother. In Jolie’s editorial, titled “My Medical Choice,” she explains, “My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was…I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. 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.”

    Jolie goes on to explain that she underwent genetic testing, which determined that she carries the BRCA 1 gene, and that her “doctors estimated that [she] had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman.” Her decision to undergo preventative surgery was one that she made in order to take control of a situation that makes many people feel powerless. Jolie notes that she does “not feel any less of a woman” and that she is “fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive” and who made it easier for her to go through the procedure. Jolie went public with this decision in an effort to “encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices.” Jolie freely acknowledges that, due to her economic privileges, she has access to top medical care and every option that is currently available, but insists, “It has got to be a priority to ensure that more women can access gene testing and lifesaving preventive treatment, whatever their means and background, wherever they live. The cost of testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2, at more than $3,000 in the United States, remains an obstacle for many women.”

    The response to Jolie’s article has been overwhelmingly positive, The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead writes, “Jolie’s medical decision says again what shouldn’t need re-saying: that a woman’s body is hers, that breasts are for something other than ogling, and that hard choices are made for strong reasons. Her decision to make her choice public is bold and brave and admirable. It is what celebrity is for.” There are, obviously going to be some assholes in the crowd that will be, well, assholes. The Awl rounds up a few male reactions, including a tweet by “Political Director to Russell Simmons + Editor-In-Chief of Global Grind ” Michael Skolnik, which reads, “love to Angelina, but if the cure to breast cancer is that woman have to get their breasts removed before they get cancer, we are in trouble.” So, yeah. Assholes are going to be assholes. The important thing, though, is that people are talking. People are talking about a disease that, yes, people know about, but that still effects hundreds of thousands of women in America each year. If the example of Jolie, whose fame is in part due to her physicality, can empower other women to become better advocates for their own health, then an important precedent for the good effects that celebrity can have has been set.

    Credit The L Magazine

  • CLINIQUA

    Excellent response to the few evil pieces of trash in our midst (from another site):
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    Brittney says:
    May 14, 2013 at 10:09 am
    I honestly just feel sorry for the people who manage to twist even *this* into a reason to perpetuate their superficial grudge. She puts good energy into the world, and it’s their choice to sour it and refuse to benefit (or learn) from it.
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    What really confuses me is the constant claim that everything she does is for attention. Even if this WERE the case, so what? Even if she has personal motives for donating countless hours and dollars to saving the lives of refugees, she’s still saving those lives, right? Even if she writes a letter like this for publicity (ignoring the fact that she endured such an emotionally and physically taxing few months), she’s still increasing awareness of a very fatal disease, right? That’s more than you can say for about 99% of the people who have as much (or more) fame and/or money as she does.
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    If anyone chooses to look only at the tabloid spin on her life’s achievements and ignore the rest, then he or she must live a very sad, self-centered, judgmental life. Good thing Angie’s working overtime to make up for the apathy and inactivity of those kinds of humans (and then some).

  • Phool

    apologies for posting on both Brad & Angies threads simultaneously, wasn’t quite sure which thread would be on-going with fans

  • ……

    you’re very right, all those women are way more brave than jolie, i think. to be honest, i don’t understand why people say she’s so brave and so… she removed her breasts, what’s the big deal (i don’t mean it in a bad way, she did a smart thing) but it’s not like she was battling cancer now, she’s healthy and will remain healthy. there are women who have to do it because they battle cancer, and who knows if they have the money to reconstruct their breasts again and other thing that they to go thru, those women are the real brave one. @hm:

  • 777

    She did not STOP the SKY from falling, she had her breast removed because she had no choice, woman’s do this everyday . Because she ANGE it’s a BIG STORY as it shout be. GOOD HUSBOND SR. PITT.

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