Angelina Jolie Appears In Public For First Time After Double MastectomyAngelina Jolie made her first appearance in public after revealing that she has had both her breasts removed.
Jolie appeared with her fiancé Brad Pitt on Sunday on the red carpet in London.
In May, Jolie admitted to the world that she has had a double mastectomy procedure performed in order to drastically reduce her chance of developing cancer. The Hollywood a-lister had a very high chance of developing cancer due to her carrying what she called then as the “faulty” BRCA1 gene.
With the double mastectomy, her chances of developing breast cancer has dropped from a staggering 87 percent to 5 percent.
Her admission has sparked debates over women’s health which the 37-year-old actress said she welcomed.
“Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could,” Jolie said in an article published by the New York Times in May through which she revealed her ordeal.
“I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer,” she said.
It seems, however, that her ordeal is not yet finished as reports say that she is planning to undergo another procedure, this time to remove her ovaries. The BRCA1 gene also severely elevates her chances of getting ovarian cancer.
Meanwhile, Jolie took the time in London to thank everyone who has showed her support after her revelation.
“I'm very, very grateful for all the support ... and I have been very happy just to see the discussion of women's health expanded and that means the world to me,” the mother of six told members of the media present in the event in London.
“After losing my mom to these issues, I am very grateful for it,” she added.
Pitt also expressed his admiration for his fiancée.
“When she's faced with a problem - and we have known this was coming for some time - she takes it by the horns,” Pitt, who stars in the recent film World War Z, said.
“I'm super proud of her. She's a bad ass,” he added.
When Pitt was asked what it means to him that Jolie accompanied him on the red carpet, the actor said “It's just more fun to do these things with each other. More fun when she's around and same for her.”