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letters | jolie opts for prefentive surgery

Shamefully derisive take on a painful decision

Shame on the Globe for publishing Jennifer Graham’s snarky column criticizing Angelina Jolie, in the light of the actress’s recent preventive surgery, as “a person of extraordinary privilege” with a penchant for mutilating her body (“Hold up on the Jolie adoration,” Op-ed, May 20). No amount of wealth or celebrity protected Jolie from an elevated genetic risk for cancer or prepared her for the painful decision with which she was faced. Genetic testing of the kind Jolie had and preventive surgery and reconstruction are available to most insured women in Massachusetts who are at high risk.

Regardless of her wealth or celebrity, Jolie is still a young mother who lost her own mother to cancer and wants to reduce her risk of early death. Who is Graham is to deride her for her decision? Would she adopt such a tone with a colleague or friend? Her op-ed reads as full of envy and anger. It reflects poorly on Graham and on the editors who chose to publish it.

Dr. Susan E. Austrian

Chestnut Hill

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