Angelina Jolie: An Influence To Women

When you hear the Academy Award winning name Angelina Jolie most would think of words such as hot, beautiful, and awesome because of her thriller action movies. But, now that list has just increased with words such as bravery, honor, and respect. 

Image(Photo credit goes to Evan Agostini, AP)

Earlier this week Angelina Jolie an American actress announced to the world via The New York Times op-ed she had underwent a double mastectomy to elude cancer. She found out she carried the BRCA 1 mutation gene which is a heredity gene passed on from her mother- who died of breast cancer at the age of 56 in 2007. Jolie’s doctors informed her she had 87 percent chance of developing cancer because she carries the gene.

According to The New York Times op-ed article Jolie wrote: “Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.” Because of her procedure she now has less than 5 percent of developing breast cancer.

I think its great she had the double mastectomy. Not because of my selfish reasons of me wanting her to keep making great movies, but, because of the doors she has opened for all the women out in the world. Her bravery to share about her procedure: many women have decided to let the world know as well.

On the subject of Angelina Jolie CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin has told viewers she also plans on receiving a double mastectomy because of her breast cancer diagnosis. 

“I struggled for weeks trying to figure out how to tell you that I had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was leaving to have surgery,” Sambolin wrote on her facebook (CNN.com) she followed up by posting “Then, Angelina Jolie shares her story of a double mastectomy and gives me strength and an opening.”

The fact that Angelina Jolie had the bravery to let the world know, it influenced Sambolin to share her upcoming process. The news anchor also said she feels “empowered” and that it feels nice to have someone else talk about it. The anchor is set to have her surgery on the 28th of May.

The film actress Jolie acknowledged that the decision isn’t for every women and that they should look at all the other options. By simply getting a blood test it can determine if you carry BRCA 1. Early detection of the disease is great, getting a yearly or even every 6 month checkups are a great start. 

“I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices.” By writing this statement Jolie has helped this world take one step closer to a healthier world.

There is no question, Angelina Jolie has made women all around the world feel empowered not be scared to make life changing decisions. 

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