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Angelina Jolie: The courage to save lives

“I hope that this will be helpful to other women,” Angelina Jolie wrote in a New York Times op-ed Tuesday, revealing that she recently underwent a double mastectomy to stave off a genetic risk for breast cancer.

Sparing few details, Jolie explains that doctors determined her odds of developing breast cancer were 87 percent; she also faces a 50 percent risk of developing ovarian cancer, the disease her mother died of in 2007. The mother of six, Jolie elected to act preventively, having both of her breasts removed. Now, she writes, “I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”

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