Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo a double mastectomy inspired other celebrities to speak out about their own battles with cancer and the preventative measures that they've taken to avoid the disease. But unfortunately for Angie, her battle to keep cancer from affecting her family isn't over -- she's reportedly planning on having her ovaries removed to decrease her chances of developing ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer took the life of Jolie's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, when she was just 56, and Angelina learned that she has a 50 percent chance of developing the disease because of a mutated BRCA1 gene. The Oscar-winning actress removed her breasts to prevent breast cancer, so it's not surprising that she's willing to take one more drastic measure to ensure that she's stays healthy for her family.
Angie's decision to speak out about her double mastectomy deeply affected Barbara Walters, who opened up about her own preventative cancer surgery Tuesday on "The View." According to Gossip Cop, Walters revealed that she had her ovaries removed because her sister lost her life to ovarian cancer, so she definitely has some idea of what Angie is going through. She also applauded Angelina's decision to get a double mastectomy by saying, "I think it was brave of her, she did it for her own health, but it was so brave to write about it. A women's sexuality is not tied up with her breasts." There's no doubt that Walters will also have something supportive to say about Angie's decision to remove her ovaries.
Celebs have had a lot of positive things to say about Angie's open and honest editorial about her decision to get a double mastectomy. It definitely struck a chord with E! News host Giuliana Rancic, who was inspired to write a lengthy response to the shocking news on E! Online.
"The words on the page brought me back to my own double mastectomy just over a year ago," the breast cancer survivor wrote. "Now normally, I can't help but tear up when I am brought back to that very painful time in my life. But last night, I did the opposite. I smiled and let out a sigh of relief. Relief that more and more women are getting the courage to share their stories for the most selfless reason of all...to help other women. All for the sole purpose of empowering other women with information that could save their lives."
The day after Giuliana announced her own decision to undergo a double mastectomy back in 2011, she had to put on a brave face to cover the red carpet at the New York premiere of Jolie's directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey." It's strange that Giuliana now shares such a unique bond with one of the first celebs that she saw after making her own brave announcement.
Wanda Sykes didn't open up quite as much about her own double mastectomy during an appearance on "The Tonight Show," but she did joke about seeing her name connected to Angie's by saying, "People know I went through the same surgery but it's just so odd that Angelina Jolie does something and now my t***ies are back in the news." Wanda discovered that she had breast cancer after going in for a breast reduction in 2011, and she opted to undergo a double mastectomy after learning that there's a history of breast cancer in her family.
Wanda has talked at length about her own double mastectomy before, but it took Angie's news to give CNN "Early Start" anchor Zoraida Sambolin the courage to reveal her ongoing battle with breast cancer. According to TV Guide, she shared this message with her viewers: "I have been struggling because I was diagnosed with breast cancer about three weeks ago and I was trying to figure out how do I share this story, how do I tell the viewers that I'm going to be gone for a while, because I have chosen to have a double mastectomy. Angelina Jolie 's story really hit home."
Luckily for Sambolin and other women making their own difficult decisions about cancer, celebs like Angelina and Giuliana are providing inspirational stories while also letting them know what to expect. And perhaps Barbara Walters' revelation will also help Angie as she embarks on her next big crusade against cancer.
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