Angelina removed her breasts to save her life. Fans are angry.

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Angelina removed her breasts to save her life. Fans are angry.

Today, Angelina Jolie published a piece in the New York Times about her decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy last month. As a carrier of a gene mutation called BRCA1, Jolie cut her chances of contracting breast cancer from 87 percent to under 5 percent by undergoing the procedure. Commenters snarked that Jolie had received a "boob job." Some suggested that her medical emergency was just a tabloid ruse to cover up elective breast implants. Others morbidly asked after the whereabouts of the breast tissue removed from her body. "RIP Angelina's boobs" was a typical ignorant comment. Said one commenter on a Jezebel post about the op-ed, "How many guys stopped reading as soon as they realized Angelina Jolie has no breasts? she's dead to me!"

More here:
Angelina Jolie breast cancer surgery: The actress discusses beauty after a double mastectomy.

Really??? :shock: WTF is wrong with people? If I knew I had that gene, and I was done breastfeeding my kids, I'd have that surgery in a heartbeat. I love my breasts, but I love my kids a whole lot more. A doctor in the article said it's much easier to do the surgery when you don't already have cancer.

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I get the initial thought of .."here's another celebrity covering up her elective plastic surgery"

However, I think it would take some nerve for anyone to say they had surgery due to cancer or cancer risks. To do something like that as a lie would be heinous.

These people need to lay off. I would also lop of my breasts in a heartbeat if I had a high risk of breast cancer.

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I get the initial thought of .."here's another celebrity covering up her elective plastic surgery"

However, I think it would take some nerve for anyone to say they had surgery due to cancer or cancer risks. To do something like that as a lie would be heinous.

These people need to lay off. I would also lop of my breasts in a heartbeat if I had a high risk of breast cancer.

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I think the people saying that aren't really fans just trolls trying to get some shock value. Any decent person would understand the reasons she did it. What concerns me is the fact that this is front page news. Really?

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"GloriaInTX" wrote:

I think the people saying that aren't really fans just trolls trying to get some shock value. Any decent person would understand the reasons she did it. What concerns me is the fact that this is front page news. Really?

Well of course it's big news. She's a huge star, well known for her sexy body. I've never been a fan but I think the piece she wrote is pretty great and good for her for putting it right out there, she wants to open up the discussion and it's a great way to do it.

But I'm not surprised or concerned by how big the story is, that's the world we live in. She's an A-list star.

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Hey good on her. Its a big decision to electively remove part of ones body, and to candidly talk about it takes courage. Anyone who would snark on her for doing so needs to get a life. Cancer is scary ~ had I been facing those odds I would have done the same thing in a heartbeat.

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I have recently put a lot of thought into this. I had an ultrasound done on my breast to check for cancer recently. Before that time, I would have said "take it all". Faced with the reality of it though, it is not an easy decision. The gene has been big talk in DH's family for a long time. In MIL's family there are 5 sisters. 3 of them have had breast cancer and one has died from breast cancer. MIL gets a breast screaning once every 6 months. She opted out of being tested for the gene, because she is pretty sure she has it anyway. My Aunt also died from Breast Cancer. I am not sure if I would preemptively have a mastectomy or not.

That said, If Angelina Jolie wants to, that is great for her.

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It is a huge decision to make and also a very personal one. Usually for BRCA mutations they suggest a hysterectomy too which is an even harder decision to make for women.

Angelina may have had reconstructive surgery but she didn't do it for a boob job. Weren't they fine before?

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Super impressed with her for doing it, not really that impressed for making a big story out of it. But I am also not a fan of hers at all so I always get the impression she does everything she does for the publicity

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I don't see her as "making a big story out of it." It is a big story simply because of who she is. I'm happy that she was able to keep it private and disclose it on her own terms, rather than hastily replying to a tabloid while she was still recovering from what was probably a very emotional surgery. And I'm happy that she's opening the door to the discussion. Many women are dying because they can't afford the test or don't know about it, and when they get breast cancer or ovarian cancer along with other women in their family, they think it's just bad luck. But it isn't.

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I can't stand her, actually, but I'm glad that she is using her celebrity to bring attention to the ability that women have to be tested for this and to take preventative measures to save their own life. One of my best friends lost her mother to breast cancer at 52. She was tested for the BRAC gene just 3 months ago ~ waiting on the results was excruciating. thankfully she was negative. That said she recently had to undergo a lumpectomy and her breasts are now considered "active". If she has another issue she is going to get a mastectomy. She has two young daughters who she wants to see become women. I applaud her.

For what its worth I think that AJ had implants before undergoing the mastectomy anyway. Its pretty obvious looking at old pictures and whatnot. Choosing to get a mastectomy and new implants ~ well ~ I don't really get the hoopla from a fan perspective?

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I'm not sure about a prior boob job. She had three kids and breastfed them, including twins, and that does tend to change one's breasts a bit. Maybe they got a bit flabby & she used those sticky things to perk them up in strapless dresses?

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If this pic is really her (the bottom one, from 2007) and not a body double or digitally enhanced, then yes, she no doubt had implants. Has Angelina Jolie Gotten Breast Implants? : Makemeheal.com Celebrity Plastic Surgery, News, Gossip

She has like 5% body fat and has nursed babies ~ no way could she possibly have breasts like that without implants. Unless its magic tape Smile

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Props to her for making such a big decision that could possibly save her life. I think if her celebrity status and speaking about it helps sway one person to think more critically about breast health, then that's a win.

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"Potter75" wrote:

If this pic is really her (the bottom one, from 2007) and not a body double or digitally enhanced, then yes, she no doubt had implants. Has Angelina Jolie Gotten Breast Implants? : Makemeheal.com Celebrity Plastic Surgery, News, Gossip

She has like 5% body fat and has nursed babies ~ no way could she possibly have breasts like that without implants. Unless its magic tape Smile

I dont know? They even say in that article that the image is retouched. I dont think it is an accurate representation. Not saying she didnt have one, just dont think that is a good image to go from. I would try to look up others, but image searching Angelina's breasts right before Mom comes to pick up my daycare kid might not be a good idea Smile

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And yes, what Athena said.

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I can totally understand her doing this. When I was 29 I had a lump, and was freaking scared. My lovely housemate asked what I was going to do when they "chop your boob off". Not a great thing to be saying when I was hysterical. After 2 mammograms it was confirmed that it was just a solid cyst that eventually went away. It was right near a lymph node so the doctors were taking things seriously - my first mammogram was done an hour after seeing my family doctor. Now I have had larger then DD breasts for a long time, they were an F before I got pregnant with Robbie/breast feeding and then went to an H and never went down. Now I would have my breasts removed and implants no problem, at that time all I could think of was wanting to be able to breastfeed and what would having a breast removed do. I really want a reduction done and since it is medically necessary it would be covered under my provincial health insurance but I want to lose weight first....

For me, I am thankful anytime a celebrity uses their fame to bring awareness to health issues and what can be done to help/prevent.

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I don't really understand why this has turned into a "has she had a boob job?" thread. So what if she has? Her body, her choice.

My colleague (male might I add and with no kids) was saying yesterday "That's a bit extreme isn't it! Who does that?". I felt like punching him in the face.

I think it's great that she has spoken about it because I'm sure there are many women out there fighting with this decision. Somehow, knowing AJ has gone through it might help them make the right one.

Having to decide to have your boobs or womb removed, must be the hardest decision a woman would ever have to make (exclusing other situations regarding kids). I don't think I can comment on what I would do, unless I was in that situation. I feel that I would cry about my boobs but that I would definitely go through with removing them if I knew it would stop me 100% from getting breast cancer. As for my womb, I honestly could not comment. I'm not through having my babies yet - if I was, maybe I would say yes for definite.

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Maybe I'm a minority but I actually wouldn't put this up there with the "hardest decisions a woman has to make".

If I had a ticking time bomb strapped to my chest I'd be pretty excited to get rid of it, especially these days as it means that it gets replaced with my own nipples and perky new boobs. As someone who has adenomyosis and the only real cure is a hysterectomy or continuous birth control pills (what I'm doing now as we are not 100% sure we are done) I can tell you that I can't wait to have the hysterectomy once we ARE sure. Its just not that big of a deal to me. They don't take the ovaries, so you still retain all of your hormones/aren't thrown into early menopause ~ you simply get rid of an organ that you don't need anymore. I'm honestly not that much more attached to it than I am my appendix ~ if my appendix went rogue on me getting it removed wouldn't be "one of the hardest decisions I've ever made" ~ I'd be all "shoop there you GO naughty organ".

I have a hard time relating to people with children who will NOT be tested for this gene if they have a strong or early family history with breast cancer. Seems incredibly selfish to me. I know everyone handles illness differently ~ but I think that we owe it to our children to try to stay alive for them. That includes staying fit, eating well, and managing our disease risk factors.

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OK, maybe not such a hard decision when you already have a child or children. Imagine not though and it was something you so desperately wanted? I guess 'decision' was the wrong word. I should've said "hardest things to go through".

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That would change things, but most people don't choose to do it before they have children as breast cancer before, say, even 35 is still very rare and no, not everyone, but most people have their children before 35. Maybe I don't know what you mean.

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Sorry, I'm confusing things and talking solely about having a hysterectomy if you haven't already had children.

Having a masectomy would not bother me as much if I was kidless because there is the option to bottle feed other than breast feed.

I hope I'm making sense.

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Most breast cancer under the age of 35 is hereditary. Most types of ovarian cancer under the age of 60 are hereditary.

Telling a 40 year old woman that she should have a mastectomy and hysterectomy is not as big a deal as telling a 21 year old. Most 20 year old only get the mastectomy and I have seen lots who still get ovarian cancer in their 30-40s. Usually once a family member is diagnosed as carrying one of those gene mutations, all (adult) members of the family can get tested if they choose. That means you have many under 25y women being told that they have an 80% chance of breast/ovarian cancer before they are 80. That means some will get it at 30, some at 50 and some will never get it. It is a hard decision to make when you have no symptoms.

At this point in my life, I would tell them to take everything. If I were 10-15 years younger, I would do the mastectomy and try to have my kids ASAP and then do the hysterectomy. However, I was with my husband then and I am now so the child aspect is fairly straightforward. I'm not sure what I'd do as a 35y who wants kids and is not in a relationship yet.

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She has ticking time bombs in her belly, too, although the ovarian cancer is not quite as high a risk as the breast cancer. I wonder if she & Brad are hoping to have more children and that's why she didn't also address having her ovaries removed. Or maybe she's just waiting a bit longer before dealing with surgically-induced early menopause.

I can't even thing about weighing the decision if I found out I had that gene before having kids. I was sooooo not ready to be a mom when I was in my 20s or even early 30s, but maybe knowing it was a now or never situation I might have made a different decision.