May 2013: Jolie Reveals Her Preventive Double Mastectomy
At age 37, Jolie chose to undergo a double mastectomy after finding out that she carried a defective BRCA1 gene which gave her an 87-percent chance of developing breast cancer. Both her mother and grandmother died of ovarian cancer while her mother also suffered from breast cancer. Her maternal aunt also died from breast cancer. "Once I knew this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and minimize the risk as much as I could," she wrote in a much-read (and debated) New York Times op-ed. "I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience." In the piece she thanked Pit for being "so loving and supportive" during her procedure.