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Angelina Jolie says she had double mastectomy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for Tuesday's New York Times ( ) under the headline, "My Medical Choice." She writes that between early February and late April she completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts.

Long fight against cancer draws two sisters closer

The year was 1996, the day after ice storm hit. Libby McGrory Hodges had a lot on her mind while she finished up clients at the hair salon where she worked. At 31, she had just become the mother of an adopted son who was 2 months old at the time. And before going home, she had a doctor’s appointment to check out a lump in her breast. “I remember driving up to Sacred Heart, seeing the ice on the trees and the branches breaking off. It was surreal,” said Libby. “I thought it was just a cyst in my breast. It never occurred to me that it could be malignant.”