A-list, Oscar-winning actress shocked the world with her op-ed piece for the New York Times announcing that she had quietly undergone a preventative double mastectomy following gene testing that revealed she had the cancer-prone BRCA1 gene.
In light of the Girl, Interrupted actress' mother's decade-long struggle and subsequent death because of breast cancer, Jolie made the choice to reduce her risk of breast and ovarian cancer through the drastic procedure. That in itself wasn't necessarily that shocking, however. In the US, 36% of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene carriers will get preventive double mastectomies and the number is rising. With breast and ovarian cancer being such hot-button topics surrounding both charitable efforts in Hollywood, but also some celebrities personal experiences, the reactions have hit Twitter, Facebook and other outlets en force.
So, what do other celebrities have to say about Angelia Jolie's shocking and heroic double mastectomy confession?
I commend Angelina Jolie for her courage and thoughtfulness in sharing her story today regarding her mastectomy. So brave!— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) May 14, 2013
This absolutely blew my mind. Angelina Jolie speaking out about a difficult decision that will inform + empower others— Nina Dobrev (@ninadobrev) May 14, 2013
Not sure if I could ever face harsh reality as calmly, pragmatically, and fearlessly as Angelina Jolie did. Still kinda stunned.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 14, 2013
Always liked Angelina Jolie... After today she's a real hero for being so brave in sharing her story & educating millions of women.— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) May 14, 2013
Huge prayers for Angelina Jolie & her family as she convalesces & bravo for raising awareness! #GetWellSoonAngie— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) May 14, 2013
Much respect & for sharing in classy way: Angelina Jolie on why she had a double mastectomy & how it can save lives: nyti.ms/19l8bbZ— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) May 14, 2013
My Medical Choice nyti.ms/10U9HwL - bravo Angelina for sharing ur truth !— Rosie O'Donnell (@Rosie) May 14, 2013
A moment of quiet respect for Angelina Jolie's candor and all women's bravery in facing this choice: nyti.ms/17o4k1m— Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) May 14, 2013
Just reading about Angelina Jolie's struggle. What a brave choice, and to choose to be public about it is a service to women. She's awesome.— Christian Siriano (@csiriano) May 14, 2013
Angelina Jolie Displayed Tremendous #Courage, Opting To Have A Preventative Double Mastectomy. I Tip My Hat To Her.— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) May 14, 2013
Jolie will be seen in Maleficent next year.
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