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Monday
Jun032013

Angelina Jolie Makes First Public Appearance Since Double Mastectomy

Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Angelina Jolie feels “wonderful” and is “grateful for all the support” she said Sunday at her first public appearance since she announced her decision to undergo a double mastectomy.

“I’ve been very happy just to see the discussion about women’s health expanded, and that means the world to me,” Jolie told the BBC at the world premiere of Brad Pitt’s new thriller, World War Z, in London. “After losing my mom to these issues, I’m very grateful for it.”

Jolie, 37, revealed in a New York Times op-ed on May 14 that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy after discovering she carries the BRCA1 gene, which increases the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

“My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in each woman,” she wrote in a New York Times op-ed. “Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much as I could.”

Jolie’s mother Marcheline Bertrand died from ovarian cancer at 56, and the actress’s aunt died of breast cancer last month.

While the couple walked together at the distinctive black carpet at the premiere, Pitt choked up when asked about Jolie’s decision to go through the preventative procedures.

“I get a little emotional about it, because of just the act itself, what she did for our family, and then telling her story to others,” he told the BBC. “What it means to others has really surprised me.

“It was a very moving experience, it certainly brought our family tighter together,” Pitt said. “It’s just the bravest thing to me.”

Of Pitt, Jolie said his support had been nothing less than “extraordinary.”

“He’s such a wonderful man and a wonderful father and I’m very, very lucky,” she said at the premiere.

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Wednesday
Dec282011

E! News' Guiliana Rancic Back at Work Following Breast Cancer Surgery

Dan MacMedan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic returned to work Tuesday after undergoing a successful double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery earlier this month in her battle against breast cancer.

She tweeted, "Back at work today since surgery. Excited to be on set of @ENews. I've missed my 2nd family (co-workers and you guys!!!) #thankful."

Rancic later told E! News, "Thankfully, I've been feeling better every single day since surgery and this weekend my doctors gave me the green light to get back to work."

She added, "Even though I moved a tad slower than usual today, everyone welcomed me back with open arms and it was a wonderful homecoming."

Rancic announced her breast cancer diagnosis in October.  She subsequently underwent a double lumpectomy that failed to completely eradicate the cancer in one breast.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Dec052011

Giuliana Rancic to Undergo Double Mastectomy

Dan MacMedan/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic announced Monday on NBC's Today show that she will undergo a double mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery next week.

The TV hostess, 37, revealed she had early-stage breast cancer in October and had a double lumpectomy later that month.  But her husband, Bill Rancic, said the couple learned during a subsequent doctor’s visit that the cancer didn’t completely clear out of one breast.

The couple has long struggled with infertility, and Giuliana revealed that that was a big part of her decision to have both her breasts removed.

Another reason for her decision, she said, was to decrease the risk of the cancer coming back.

Rancic also wants to send out a positive message to other women that instead of being something to be ashamed of, a mastectomy is a life-saving operation.

“When they first told me mastectomy was an option, I said, ‘Absolutely not. Absolutely not. I am 37 years old. I don’t want to do it’ because to me, the word was very scary and it meant I would be disfigured.”

But a close friend had the same operation, and she realized that women in that situation can be beautiful, healthy and positive, a message Rancic said is important for women.

Above all else, however, the couple said while not all women in Rancic’s situation may opt for a double mastectomy, it was the right decision for her.

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