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U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, second from right, and her children from left, 8-year-old Maddox, Zahara Marley, 6, in a yellow shirt hidden behind Maddox, Pax Thien, 6, and Shiloh Nouvel, 4, arrive at Narita International Airport in Narita near Tokyo Monday, July 26, 2010, for the Japan premiere of her spy action-thriller film "Salt."

Gallery: Angelina Jolie has double mastectomy

May. 14, 2013 @ 10:46 PM

Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored Tuesday, May 14, 2013 for the New York Times, under the headline, "My Medical Choice." She writes that between early February and late April she completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts. Jolie, 37, writes that she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, die too young from cancer.

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