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Angelina Jolie’s Relationship With Her Mother and How It Inspired Her Double Mastectomy

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May 14, 2013 AT 7:34 PM
Angelina Jolie made the brave decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried the BRCA1 gene that made it extremely likely (an 87% chance) that she would get breast cancer or (a 50% chance) ovarian cancer. Jolie, 37, was very close with her mother Marcheline Bertrand, who passed away at the age of 56 after losing her seven-year battle with ovarian cancer.