By now you should have heard Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy right? Well, if you didn’t know, here’s the report from The New Paper Online:
Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy
Angelina Jolie revealed today that she has undergone a preventive double mastectomy to reduce her breast cancer risk.
She made the decision after she was found to be a carrier of a gene known as BRCA1. The gene increases her risk of both breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie’s mother died at 56 after battling cancer for almost a decade. Her doctors estimated she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.
The 37-year-old American actress wrote in an opinion piece entitled “My Medical Choice” in The New York Times: “Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.”
She added that while she managed the keep the issue quiet and keep working, she is “writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience.” Following three months of medical procedures, her chances of developing breast cancer are now down to five per cent.
She wrote: “I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.” And rather than feel any less of a woman, she wrote about feeling empowered. Through it all, Brad Pitt, her partner had been with her “for every minute of the surgeries”.
“Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.”
Credits: The New Paper Online
But did you know? Just like Angelina Jolie, there is also a Malaysian woman who too underwent a preventive double mastectomy in Singapore.
As seen on The New Paper again:
No breasts…no problem!
She traded her breasts for peace of mind.
A genetic test three years ago revealed that 28-year-old Chua Pei Ling (above) had a rare genetic disorder, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, which mutates a gene responsible for suppressing tumours in the body.
Doctors told her she had more than 80 per cent chance of getting breast cancer. So Miss Chua, whose mother and aunt had died from breast cancer, underwent a preventive double mastectomy.
Does she feel any less of a woman?
Definitely not, declared the Malaysian who had the procedure in Singapore.
Credits: The New Paper Online
Lastly, after Angelina Jolie underwent the double mastectomy , it seems like she is planning on removing her ovaries next as the doctors have predicted that she has a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.
If you were in their shoes..would you have done the same? In my case, I think that it would be a really really difficult decision to make because many women see breasts as one of the sign of our femininity and to willingly go through the mastectomy procedure just to prevent breast cancer from occuring..and then coming out strong after that..
Well, I have to say that these two women definitely have my respect.