Angelina Jolie has double mastectomy due to cancer fears

Actress and humanitarian campaigner Angelina Jolie speaks at a news conference on sexual violence against women during the G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting in central London(Reuters) – Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie said on Tuesday that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy after finding out she had a gene mutation that leads to a sharply higher risk of both breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie, writing in the New York Times, said her mother's death from cancer at 56 and the discovery that she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation led to her decision out of fears she might not be around for her six children. "We often speak of 'Mommy's mommy', and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. …