Angelina Jolie has revealed that she underwent a double mastectomy after genetic tests showed she had a high risk of developing breast cancer.
This, the 37 year-old actress revealed in a New York Times op-ed titled, "My Medical Choice" that she had the surgery in February.
"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. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer."
She also writes about the love and dedication she received from her husband, Brad Pitt.
"I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive," she writes. "So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition."
"We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has," she writes.
This experience has made her feel empowered as a woman saying,
"On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity."
Read the whole op-ed after the jump.