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HER FACE IS KNOWN AROUND THE WORLD... AND NOW HER SECRET IS KNOWN TOO.

ANGELINA JOLIE REVEALED IN A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL TUESDAY THAT SHE HAD A PREVENTIVE DOUBLE MASTECTOMY EARLIER THIS YEAR... AFTER DISCOVERING SHE HAS A GENE DEFECT THAT GREATLY INCREASES HER CHANCE OF GETTING BREAST AND OVARIAN CANCER.

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SHE WRITES: "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 the case of each woman."

WHILE JOLIE'S GENETIC RISK WAS VERY HIGH, CANCER EXPERTS SAY IT'S ALSO FAIRLY RARE.

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(SUPER = Dr. Rachel Brem, Director, Breast Imaging and Intervention Center, George Washington University Hospital)

"Five percent of breast cancers in the United States occur in women who have the genetic mutation, the BRACA1 or BRACA2 genes."

(SUPER = Chicago)

DOCTORS SAY WOMEN WITH A FAMILY HISTORY OF BREAST OR OVARIAN CANCER AT AN EARLY AGE ARE MORE LIKELY CARRY THE MUTATION AND INSURANCE COMPANIES USUALLY PAY FOR GENETIC TESTING.

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FOR THOSE WHO TEST POSITIVE, DR. RACHEL BREM SAYS HAVING BOTH BREASTS REMOVED LIKE JOLIE DID IS A VERY PERSONAL AND DIFFICULT DECISION.

IT SHOULD BE MADE WITH THE HELP OF GENETICS AND CANCER SPECIALISTS.

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(SUPER = Dr. Rachel Brem, Director, Breast Imaging and Intervention Center, George Washington University Hospital)

"It doesn't mean that that's the right decision for everyone, and the important thing to do is to have frank discussions."

JOLIE SAID SHE WENT PUBLIC BECAUSE SHE WANTED WOMEN IN HER SHOES TO KNOW THEY HAVE OPTIONS AND CAN STILL LOOK AND FEEL LIKE A WOMAN AFTER A MASTECTOMY.

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(SUPER = Dr. Shawna Willey, Former President, American Society of Breast Surgeons)

"I think one of the reasons we are seeing an increase in what we call bilateral or a mastectomy on both sides is that there are better reconstruction techniques. "

THE ACTRESS WAS TREATED IN A CALIFORNIA BREAST CANCER CENTER.

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(SUPER = Dr. Kristi Funk, Founder, Pink Lotus Breast Center)

"We hope that the awareness she is raising around the world will save countless lives."

JOLIE'S STAR POWER IS ALREADY DRAWING ATTENTION TO A COMPLICATED CHOICE SOME WOMEN MUST FACE.

KELLY DASCHLE, ASSOCIATED PRESS.