Photos: Angelina Jolie through the years

Photos: Angelina Jolie through the years

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In this handout image provided by UNHCR, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets with refugees at the Zaatari refugee camp on December 6, 2012 outside of Mafraq, Jordan. (Photo by J Tanner/UNHCR via Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 2:33 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer.

The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for Tuesday's New York Times under the headline, "My Medical Choice." She writes that between early February and late April she completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts.

Jolie, 37, writes that she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, die too young from cancer.

"My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56," Jolie writes. "She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was."

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