Angelina Jolie has announced that she has underwent a preventive double mastectomy despite being healthy.
This came on the heels of finding out that she has the BRCA1 cancer gene, giving her an 87% chance of developing breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer. Angelina’s surgery was a success and the doctors say her chances of developing breast cancer are now less than 5%. Jolie lost her mother to ovarian cancer in 2007.
Jolie stated in an article on CNN that she has now finished three months of medical procedures that included the mastectomies and breast reconstruction. A mastectomy is an operation that removes all or part of the breast. A double mastectomy is removal of both breasts. After a patient undergoes a mastectomy they can then undergo breast reconstruction.
Richmond Plastic Surgeons offers breast reconstruction options for mastectomy patients including newer microsurgical procedures such as DIEP. Our goal is to help restore your form and sense of femininity by providing the best options for your reconstruction, and we work closely with many of the best breast cancer surgeons and other members of the multidisciplinary breast cancer teams in the Richmond area.
Contact us to find out about breast reconstruction options and to consult with one of our qualified surgeons.