The big story this morning is the world's biggest star's announcement that she has had a double mastectomy. What's shocking is that she didn't have breast cancer! But her mother did. After a painful and difficult 10 year battle with the disease, Angelina's mom, Marcheline Bertrand died in 2007 at age 56. Angelina reveals in a letter in The New York Times titled "My Medical Choice," that she too carried the breast cancer gene. Why did she go public with this personal news?
“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy… but it is one I am very happy that I made.” She adds, “My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under five percent… I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”