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The Associated Press

American actress Angelina Jolie, left, and her adopted son Pax Thien leave a Vietnamese restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, after lunch on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. Hollywood power couple Jolie and Brad Pitt and their six children were on a visit to Vietnam, where Pax was born.

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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