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Angelina Jolie Mastectomy: What's Next

Angelina Jolie's Next Surgery — Get the Details

The preventative surgeries aren't over for Angelina Jolie. Yesterday, Angie revealed that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy after discovering that she carries the BRCA1 gene, a rare gene that puts her at a high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. However, People magazine now reports that she is also planning on undergoing surgery to remove her ovaries. Angie's doctors estimate that she has a 50 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer, the same disease that took the life of her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, back in 2007. Most doctors recommend that patients who want to undergo the preventative surgery do so by age 40 or when a woman is done having children, although it could cause the patient to go into early menopause.

At the moment, Angie and Brad Pitt are focused on spending time with their children. Brad released a statement yesterday, saying that he finds Angie's choice, and similar choices women make, "absolutely heroic." He said, "All I want for is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family." Angelina finished her double mastectomy surgeries in April. During that time, she also worked on her philanthropic efforts, including traveling to Africa in March to raise awareness of sexual violence in war zones.

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