The world is talking today about Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy.
Jolie made the announcement in an op-ed piece she wrote for today's New York Times called "My Medical Choice." She revealed that she has completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts this year.
Why did she do it? A test indicated she carried a gene that would cause her to have a high risk of developing breast cancer. Her mother died from cancer in 2007.
Take a look at how Hollywood stars, some of them breast cancer survivors, are responding on Twitter to Jolie's decision:
Much respect & for sharing in classy way: Angelina Jolie on why she had a double mastectomy & how it can save lives: nyti.ms/19l8bbZ— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) May 14, 2013
Angelina Jolie reveals double mastectomy. Proud of her for using her incredible platform to educate women: nyti.ms/19l8bbZ— Giuliana Rancic (@GiulianaRancic) May 14, 2013
I commend Angelina Jolie for her courage and thoughtfulness in sharing her story today regarding her mastectomy. So brave!— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) May 14, 2013
An admirable op ed by Angelina Jolie: nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opi…— Kristen Bell(@IMKristenBell) May 14, 2013
A moment of quiet respect for Angelina Jolie's candor and all women's bravery in facing this choice: nyti.ms/17o4k1m— Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) May 14, 2013
Learn more about Jolie's double mastectomy in this Q&A, courtesy of the Associated Press.
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