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Angelina Jolie's Family Has A Long History Of Struggles Against Cancer

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angelina jolies family has a long history of cancer

There's no question that Angelina Jolie showed TONS of courage when she announced her decision to have preventative, and the more we look at her family's history with cancer the more it makes sense that she would take such extreme measures.

The actress knew for two reasons that she was at a high risk of being diagnosed with cancer. The first was she had a BRCA1 gene mutation, which greatly increases the chances of getting the disease. The second reason was that it runs in her family.

Angelina's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer at the age of 56 and we recently found out that her Aunt Debbie was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. But her family's history with the disease goes even further than that.

Her grandmother, Lois Bertrand, died of cancer at age 45, just a couple of years before Angelina was born. Her great grandmother, Virginia Gouwens, also died of ovarian cancer.

It definitely makes sense that the actress would be more than a bit fearful of the disease herself and would do anything to buck the trend that was happening in her family. As she wrote in her article, her chances of getting cancer have dropped down to 5 percent since her preventative surgery.

We continue to send positive thoughts to Angelina and we also hope her Aunt Debbie is able to pull through as she faces a battle of her own.

Stay strong, ladies!

[Image via Evan Agostini/AP Images.]

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5 comments to “Angelina Jolie's Family Has A Long History Of Struggles Against Cancer”

  1. thebigboot says – reply to this


    Speaking of exploitation… hop of her dick, Perez. I'm glad Dame Maggie Smith who just battled another bout with breast cancer doesn't mean anything. Filmed Harry Potter while going through chemo had to wear a wig for it. Many people, and families have a long history of cancer but they don't matter because they're not Angelina Jolie and family.

  2. ray says – reply to this


    The problem here is that it runs in the family and she has to female children. But yes, there are so many cases of cancer so this is an old news.

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    She obviously doesn't understand her risks very well…if she kept her ovaries… all stats change with every year that goes by, etc. Cancer has ravaged my family. But we are not newsworthy.

  4. Gabi says – reply to this


    I don't like her, but i believe she made the right decision for her. She have children who need her and she is being a good mother. Every case is unique and every treatment and decision is personal, i admire her courage like i admire Giuliana Rancic and i can only hope someday regular women will be able to afford life saving decisions like these.

  5. slbarto says – reply to this


    Perez~ THANK YOU for covering this story - it is so important to educate people on the truth about genetic cancer. I also had this surgery, at 29. And I am thankful Angelina shared her very personal story to help those of us who have been facing judgement over our decisions. I hope you'll read my take on her op-ed:
    Take care~Sara