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    Default 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!"

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    Really??? 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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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    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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