Angelina Jolie’s Breasts (1995 – 2013)

May 14th, 2013 // 151 Comments

In a shocking op-ed in The New York Times today, Angelina Jolie revealed she had a secret double mastectomy in February. A sensitive and emotional procedure for any woman battling cancer except Angelina Jolie doesn’t have cancer, so now’s the part where it’s safe to go, “I’m sorry, what?”

The truth is I carry a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman.
Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average.

In a surprising display of support, Jennifer Aniston‘s nipples will remain at half-poke today, the first since 1982.

Photos: Getty

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  1. Kate

    I almost always agree with your commentary on idiot celebrities, but I disagree here. Because she carries a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, she had an extremely high likelihood of getting cancer had she not had a prophylactic double mastectomy. I think it’s great for her to publicize her story, since so many women and families go through this every day.

    • gnarla

      I completely agree. Hopefully her story will help other women see that this IS an option – instead of risking it and ending up getting sick. It’s a shame it’s so expensive to test for the gene though.

      • It is not expensive to have your genes tested anymore: 23andme.com will test ALL of your genes for only $99 – Do it for yourself!

      • gnarla

        The problem is, it doesn’t find everything. So you can end up thinking everything is fine, but since the test doesn’t cover things like for example the BRCA1 gene, you could still be at risk.

      • I think 23andme does look for BRCA1 mutations. ALL of your genes – ummm, no.

        Screening costs for the diagnostic BRACAnalysis test is something like $300. Usually insurance covers it. But it’s really not worth having the genetic test done unless there is some indication that it runs in the family.

      • sorry missing a zero there – $3000.

        Which is total horseshit BTW. It’s a 5 cent swab in your cheek, a couple dollar DNA extraction, couple more bucks for a PCR, and then 10 bucks for sanger sequencing.

      • Kate

        Actually, you’re probably right, 23andme does look at BRCA1 and BRCA2, but I’m sure they pay a hefty royalty to Myriad. And I doubt they sequence the entire gene.

      • BigOkie

        True, but just like anything else, the cost is usually extrapolated from the time/research that it took to conceive the test in the first place. Sort of how only $5,000 in actual materials go into making a car, all the rest of the cost is the engineering it took to get there in the first place.

      • A lot of the engineering costs came out of tax dollars.

      • Kate

        Myriad Genetics owns the patent for BRCA1, BRCA2, and several other cancer genes, meaning that others, such as 23 and me, are not allowed to test for it. The cost for BRCA1/2 testing is over $3000. The Supreme Court just heard the case against them back in April and will be deciding in the next month or so if it’s constitutional for Myriad to patent these genes.

      • It’s a very complicated issue.

        If Myriad Genetics is allowed to maintain their patent and subsequent monopoly, then BRCA testing will remain expensive and without competition.

        If their patent is overturned, then anyone can do the testing and the price will plummet …but then what incentive do companies like Myriad have to spend hundreds of millions researching new gene tests?

      • All of the testing methodology has been around for years and years. They didn’t “invent” polymerase chain reaction or dna sequencing. Basic research at universities went a long way towards identifying the gene through linkage studies, and a collaborative effort between the NIH, several universities, and Myriad Genetics finally found it.

        I’m a lot more comfortable with patenting genetics for some sort of novel function, whether it be Monsanto’s pest resistance genetics or some bacterial gene pathway for degrading something or another. I have serious qualms about patenting DNA sequence that you or I might have, solely so we can’t even look at our own DNA without paying them a royalty.

      • Not enough THANK YOU’S, AMEN’S, WORD UP’S & RIGHT ON’S for this, Mr. McBeef!!!

    • Cock Dr

      Because she publicized her story more women will be screened for cancer.
      More women screened means early detection and more women’s lives saved.
      I’m gonna watch “Gia” tonight and remember the good times.

    • j/k

      Kate, are you the self appointed cancer cop? Anytime someone tries to be funny here you jump in with animosity. Cancer has touched most of our lives, YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE. This woman does not have cancer, she just got her boobs removed. Not everyone is a sniveling support zombie buying into this publicity stunt. Yep it’s a stunt. Actresses get breast implants, reductions, and even mastectomies all the time but don’t post an editorial in the NYT to announce it. If this was solely to extend her potential life span for her children wouldn’t that result be more than enough reward? Pink ribbons, walks, donations, don’t bring enough exposure to the individual, they just help the cause. Publicly announcing self-mutilation is almost as badass as self-immolation. Your name gets attached to the cause.

      • Moron. Her name is already “attached” to plenty of causes, this one included. For you to term it a “stunt” means you have no fucking idea what’s involved in this sort of surgery. A mastectomy, even one that spares nipple tissue, is nowhere close to reduction or implant surgery in terms of complications, post op pain, nipple-areola necrosis and reconstruction issues. And no, actresses don’t actually get “mastectomies all the time” unless they goddamn well have to, because while reconstructive implants can look close to the real thing, breast and nipple sensation is gone. In addition, that public knowledge really impacts on your roles post surgery, which is why Ann Jillian never got offered another sexpot role after her double, and why she never went back for reconstructive work. Yeah, people like that just want individual attention and exposure, it’s clear.

        If Jolie needed a “reward” then she could have had it done and then enjoyed the next decade of everyone looking at her breasts for the same reason they always have, but she didn’t. Her mother spent almost ten years fighting her cancer and died when she was 56, so I honestly don’t think she gives a flying fuck about sitting back and just letting a future cure rest on ribbons, walks and donations when she can personalize the issue of both testing for the gene, and preventative surgery.

      • No, I think the moron is the person who had a bunch of healthy tissue lopped off just because some test says her genes might make her prone to maybe get cancer one day. Stupid. Showbiz stupid, which is really the most heinous and soulless kind of stupid.

      • Troll of the century, folks. We can all go home now.

      • j/k

        All the name calling in the world doesn’t change two facts:
        1. She didn’t need the procedure.
        2. She didn’t need to announce it in the NYT.

        You are injecting too much of your personal feelings into this. It’s the internet, people have opinions and you can’t insult them into changing them.

      • While you’re totting up “facts”, here’s one for you: you aren’t the one who decides what’s “needed” here in terms of her health care, and your opinion is far from being “fact”. When you’ve watched your mother battle cancer for almost 10 years and still die early from an aggressive form of disease that you carry the gene for, and are at high risk for getting, only then are you allowed to stomp around declaring that prophylaxis like this isn’t “needed”. When you have numerous kids who are worried about your dying from cancer just like your mother, only then are you allowed to proclaim that the procedure isn’t “needed”.

        Jolie’s celebrity stems from the fact that she’s a powerful sex symbol – and, even in defiance of all your superior knowledge of what’s “needed”, she could still have had this done and no one would have been the wiser. After all, disclosing that you’ve surgically removed an important sexual aspect of your body that’s always on display is hard enough for any woman to admit, because it pretty much ensures that no one will look at that body part – or you – in quite the same admiring way again. So in irretrievably altering that public perception of her body there’s no way you can, even with all your superior internet knowledge of what’s right and what isn’t, claim that this is some sort of springboard career move for her or – what was the word you used? – oh yeah: “stunt”. But in choosing to publically disclose a very private aspect of her life, and be very explicit about what options are available to other women who also carry the gene and might have a similar family legacy of untimely and painful death, she not only did what was “needed”, she made millions of people pay attention to the genetic factors of breast cancer in the way no fucking 5K run or pink ribbon campaign ever could.

        Of course, if you still believe there’s no such thing as BRCA1, or resent the fact that she has access to the NYT and you don’t, or are just primarily pissed off because no one thinks your posts are sidesplittingly funny, then of course nothing I say will make a dent. But as to “injecting too much personal feelings” here – fear of dying is a very “personal feeling”. Perhaps you truly don’t get that, or don’t understand that if you’ve seen someone you love slowly die of cancer and then discover you have an 87% chance of checking out the same way, you actually might want to do whatever you can to minimize that.

        Some people “need” to live rather than risk dying before they’re ready to go, and figure that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of surgery, chemo, radiation and still dying anyway. And who the fuck are you to decide that “need” isn’t a valid one?

      • Justi, I love you. Let j/k and welldoneson give all the advice they want to the women in their lives. It’s probably best anyone who chooses to breed with them, who raised them, or is the product of their loins gets phased out of the gene pool anyway.

      • j/k

        I say you can’t insult me into changing my opinion so you write a manifesto? I didn’t read it as I’m sure there’s a bunch of crazyrant in there.

        I will not ever have one shred of concern or sympathy for this self-martyr. That is reserved for the 200k+ women who ACTUALLY get diagnosed with breast cancer in this country every year. Get over it.

      • “I didn’t read it as I’m sure there’s a bunch of crazyrant in there”. Yup, that’s the Dedicated To Ignorance Manifesto, in a nutshell.

        What you still fail to grasp is that because of this “self-martyr” (FYI, martyrdom is based on a personal choice to give up something of value, the word ‘self” is redundant here) more women with BRCA1 will become educated to the possibility and consider prophylactic mastectomy – with an eye towards NOT becoming part of “the 200k+ women who ACTUALLY get diagnosed”. It’s a personal decision that only someone who has that unfortunate gene can make, but many would rather be take the chance and be proactive rather than go ahead and gamble with such shitty odds as Jolie had. If you don’t approve, then by all means, don’t have any genetically targeted portions of your own removed. But your unwillingness to educate yourself outside of your own ignorant opinion speaks volumes, as did your pouting and petulance when no one found your self-immolation remarks funny. Get over it, yourself.

        The only comfort the rest of us can take from having to endure your posts is that people like you are too fucking stupid to ever make it through med school.

      • j/k

        Look at you, all worked up over me. I did read your mini-rant and I thought it was cute. I think you may need to see someone about those anger issues though. I’m just a guy on the internet that has a different opinion, I fear for the person that cuts you off on the interstate.

      • Don’t flatter yourself, you’re nowhere near as important as you imagine yourself to be. Bemusement and contempt =/= “anger”.

        But please do continue to blame your own obvious failings on everyone else’s inability to find you as fascinating as you perceive yourself to be. We did enjoy that.

    • Aww, Kate loves Mangelina! I bet you’re another one of those crazy bitches that has a crush on her.

  2. j-sin

    The good die young :(

  3. Meh. She’ll just get them re-created.

    What else is all of that Hollywood money for?

  4. Marie

    Oprah is now realizing by choosing to interview Chelsea Handler (out of loyalty to her former management team and Aniston Im sure) that she most likely gave up any possibility to interview Angelina. She may still get Brad for OWN but even then he will probably not allow any in depth questions about Angelina (and an interview with her by proxy).

    • Marie

      BTW I’ve known women who’ve had this done and watched documentaries on it as my mom died of breast cancer. For those who think its no big deal…EDUCATE yourself. Money might make access easier but rich or not a woman still has to endure the process herself and its a tough one both body and mind.

  5. Angelina Jolie Breasts
    Cock Dr
    Commented on this photo:

    If her surgeons made them look like that again they deserve the Nobel prize.

  6. in other news, jen aniston has announced she will appear topless on leno tomorrow night.

  7. Angelina Jolie Breasts
    lady
    Commented on this photo:

    this doesn’t really look like her…. maybe its a jolie-fox hybrid?

  8. Angelina Jolie Breasts
    Cock Dr
    Commented on this photo:

    That metallic sound Brad Pitt heard is another padlock fastened around his Cage of Mass Child Rearing Monogamy.
    I hope he likes it in there because he’s not ever gonna be coming out.

  9. Plurp

    I bet Brad Pitt is really missing those glass cutters on Jennifer Aniston right now.

  10. My mother died of breast cancer and sadly didn’t get a chance to look into this option but I’ve known other women who had it done both proactively and as treatment and watched documentaries on it. Anyone who thinks this no big deal needs to get their head out of their ass and educate themselves. Money might make access easier but rich or not a woman who is brave enough to choose this has to endure the physical and emotional pain for herself. Period. It’s a tough process but one that now maybe more women will be open to as more celebs come forward about it.

  11. Thumbs down to most of you, including you FISH. This is a medical decision and anyone who’s making the usual jokes about the boobs, SHAME.

    • MsNope

      Agreed. I’m usually all for Fish’s comments, but this really rubs me the wrong way. It’s certainly no easy decision for any woman faced with it and not everyone has to agree with her decision to go through with the mastectomy (as in, would make the same decision, it’s no ones business what she does with her own body), but to just go “Meh, shoulda kept the boobs, BOOBIES = AWESOME!” seems pretty asshol-ish to me.

      • M2

        As someone who has been diagnosed w/ breast cancer and gone through some terrible times – I appreciate all of the perspectives given (as well as the boob jokes – I’ve made self deprecating comments as a way to deal with the situation). I was very young and told my friends about it to help ensure that others were tested and am glad this is being done on a bigger scale.

        However – I do agree that this is a great PR move against Brad. I don’t care either way – but rumors have been spilling forever about a split and at the end of the day – if Brad steps out of line his reputation will not stand another hit – people (correctly) don’t respect a husband stealer – but they do respect (and rightly so) anyone who has taken a stand against a deadly disease and helped others at the same time!

        To the Cows / pigs feel free to “Moo” or “SNORT” – just remind those you love to be tested and get annual mammograms – and feel free to contribute to funds that provide reconstructive surgery to the patients who don’t have the options available to Jolie – so that we can live in a world both healthy and worthy of the superficial’s boob instagrams :)

    • Nonsense, it’s his prerogative to write whatever he wants. You can’t laugh at most of the jokes and then get all righteous and offended when something hits close to home. Am I allowed to tsk-tsk Fish when he makes jokes about Catholics or Canadians, but laugh when he’s ripping on moron teen moms? Not really… it’s hypocrisy. Can I ignore it and move on? Absolutely. Can I stop reading the site if it bothers me that much? Sure can. The only thing you can control is your own reaction.

    • I hate Mangelina, so I’ll laugh at her all I want.
      Why do lame bitches like Kate, Giggles, and MsNope always run to her defense?

  12. Angelina Jolie Breasts
    The Most Interesting
    Commented on this photo:

    Every boob dies. Not every boob really lives.

  13. Alex

    Holy shit. I just clicked the link at the bottom of this page “about SpinMedia” and WTF!!?? This site is part of a monster. I had no idea, just assumed it was a private guy that pulled photo’s from the press services.

    Am I being manipulated by big business and I don’t know it?

  14. Zorbitor

    I think I have brain cancer

  15. Angelina Jolie Breasts
    Comrade Beckles
    Commented on this photo:

    God she’s glorious, isn’t she??

  16. Angelina Jolie Breasts
    8 Ball Jake
    Commented on this photo:

    How quickly after this news broke do you think it took Jennifer Anniston to text Brad Pitt a picture of her rack with the words, “Who’s the crazy one now, bitch!”

  17. AGame

    Her Tomb Raider breasts were prosthetic – she has talked about that often. Her breasts have fluctuated (like all celebrities) often due to wardrobe and photo-shopping. To see her real/young breasts – simply google image her role as Gia.

  18. Deacon Jones

    The bigger question is, what portion of the gene test and *elected* double mastectomy surgery is covered by insurance companies for us peons.

    I’m willing to bet very little.

    • Obamacare will save us all!

    • That was my wife’s reaction when she heard the story. How viable an option is this for a normal person?

    • Kate

      It obviously depends on the insurance, but if you have a family history of ovarian and/or breast cancer, or a personal history of early onset breast cancer, the genetic testing is usually covered. I’m not certain, but I also think that many if not most insurance companies will cover prophylactic surgery as well.

    • S

      Deacon, tell your wife it depends on her relative risk (based on familial cancers) but both my insurance and my sister’s (two different large corporations) covered the test and would have covered a preventative mastectomy and reconstruction. Additionally, because we’re both negative, it’s covering early (and more frequent) mammograms due to our familial risk. Their thought is that early diagnosis/prevention is far cheaper than cancer treatment. It’s the first time in my life when I’ve been like “go insurance!”

      • Deacon Jones

        Got it, thanks.

        Ive had a sour taste in my mouth ever since I burst a disc in my back a couple years ago and had to lay on my living room floor for 2 weeks, waiting for my insurance company to approve an MRI…

  19. j/k

    SHAME SHAME SHAME on all of you! Who cares that for most of you your introduction to Jolie was her tits in Gia. She could have gotten CANCER from those titties. It’s not like she’s rich and could have gone for weekly screenings for the rest of her life. I’m going to follow suit and get my right index finger removed, that’s right my trigger finger. I don’t own a gun, but do you know how many lives will be saved if people didn’t have trigger fingers to fire guns? I am an hero too.

  20. Brooke

    I think she said she had fake boob padding for Tomb Raider,sointeresting photo choice. But I laughed at the birthday for her breasts… They were so young.

    I think the procedure is called a mastectomy, and it is specifically for breast cancer prevention. I am in general not a Jolie fan, but I think it’s neat she made this info public, since if more women realized it was an option more women would save themselves a possibly worse fate.

    • “I think the procedure is called a mastectomy, and it is specifically for breast cancer prevention…”

      Did you even read the article and the subsequent comments?

  21. Yep

    Angelina Jolie actually had a boob job in 1997 – hoping to land more roles.

  22. Smapdi

    She’s got more fortitude than I do. I’d need at least a 200% chance of cancer before I’d preemptively cut my nuts off.

  23. Angelina Jolie Breasts
    joe cano
    Commented on this photo:

    Looks like an R4 unit.

  24. Rico Jones

    Women getting preventative mastectomies is an awful trend that is on the rise. Many people have a history of cancer in their families and many people remain cancer free. This is just more wackjob medicine that we’ve been seeing a lot of lately. The health industry is always trying to terrorize us and tell us we are going to die. Ten years from now we will see news reports about how this gene testing was a total disaster. If a man wanted to remove his prostate because his father had prostate cancer we would call him crazy.

    • Kate

      Educate yourself, you mouth breather. Prophylactic double mastectomies are performed if you have a GENETIC PREDISPOSITION to cancer, i.e. you have a confirmed, deleterious mutation in a cancer causing gene. These genes have been known for almost two decades and are widely confirmed to cause early onset breast and/or ovarian cancer. But I’m sure you know better than the thousands of doctors, genetic counselors, and medical researchers who work with these genes and the patients who carry them.

      • Rico Jones

        I am educated on the topic honey. It is junk science or to be more specific junk conclusions. Having a genetic predisposition does not mean you WILL get cancer. You should really look up the definition of predisposition. Hacking off completely healthy parts of your body is bad medicine plain and simple.

      • Kate

        No, it doesn’t mean you will get cancer, but an 85% chance of breast cancer is almost a certainty. The prophylactic surgery reduces the risk to less than 5%. (The risk in the general population is only 12%.) It is certainly not “junk science”, and I could point you to the abundant scientific literature that backs that up. Maybe you should review your basic math. 85% > 5%, right?

      • Rico Jones

        An 85% chance of something is NOT almost a certainty. It means you have an 85% chance of something. And who determined it was 85%? Do other researchers have varying opinions on the percentages? At what percentage does the surgery become ridiculous? It is very obvious you are looking at this emotionally and not scientifically.

      • Look Kate, you’re never going to convince Rico Jones, the foreman of the O.J. Simpson murder trial, that he’s wrong. I mean, didn’t you read what he said? In ten years, we’ll find out that all this testing business was all wrong. In fact, this whole genetics thing—it’s just a fad, man!

      • Kate

        +1 TomFrank

      • Kate

        Anyone who considers BRCA1 and BRCA2 “junk science” is obviously not educated, so I don’t even know why I’m arguing with you.

      • 98% of the time “junk science” is uttered, it is spoken by someone that has no understanding of science, the process, or the interpretation.

      • Rico Jones

        Genetic science is not junk science the conclusion that women will get breast cancer because they have a gene is junk. Genetics is still in its infancy. Get back to me in ten years when you yourself chopped both your tits off and end up getting cancer of the cunt anyway. I will laugh.

      • Deacon Jones

        “Cancer of the Cunt”

        Is that Justin Bieber’s next album?

      • Wow. Rico Jones for the woman-hating gold! Your hate is like diamond!

      • Hmmmm

        Fukushima contains three reactors whose cores have melted through their containment vessel into the earth. Unit #4 is an Extinction Level Event when it collapses. Three weeks after Fukushima melted down, all of the milk, strawberries, arugula, and spinach in San Francisco tested positive for radiation from Fukushima. The algae on the entire Pacific Northwest coast is loaded with radiation. Fish and animals are dying off in drives. There are several nuclear power plants that are on the verge of a huge disaster.

        Cancer is almost unavoidable. She can chop off her breasts, but she can will likely develop all sort of cancers from the constant exposure to radiation from Fukushima.

        I cannot find any mention Jolie regarding the on-going disaster at Fukushima. It never stopped and the radiation continues to flow.

        I wish she would use her fame to bring light to the reason why most of the planet will die from cancer, but it is obvious her NWO controllers want to focus on more pink-ribbon crap.

        There e are lots of cures for cancer, including ways to prevent it, but that doesn’t keep patients in hospitals and doctors in Porsches.

        She would rather cut off her breasts than change her lifestyle.

  25. PunkA

    They have been rebuilt: bigger, faster, stronger. (Insert Bionic Woman Theme Song)

  26. Angelina Jolie Breasts
    savetheboobies
    Commented on this photo:

    I don’t wanna get prostate cancer so I’m gonna get my balls cut off. C’mon Angelina. How can you do this to us? Always thinking bout yourself. You are not a team player.

  27. Someone gotta do a topless scene montage set to the hulk tv show lonely man theme.

  28. Capt Obvious

    they were fake anyways. so she removed her giant fake breasts and eveyone’s calling her the bravest women out there. makes total sense. next she’s stop putting drugs in her lips and win a nobel prize. woohoo!!

  29. Christina Applegate made the decision to have this same procedure (for the same peace of mind) a few years ago, even looking at the bright side by joking that her implants will still be cute and perky when she’s in a nursing home. So, it’s not a new story: Angelina just clearly gets the media salivating a helluva lot more.

    • Didn’t Christina Applegate actually have cancer when she opted for a double mastectomy? Why would anyone have healthy cancer free parts of their body cut off?

    • Applegate was diagnosed early with breast cancer at 36, and had a lumpectomy and radiation treatment. After she tested positive for the gene she decided on preventative mastectomy, and while she did joke about perky boobs in the nursing home, she also stated the procedure was an emotionally, as well as physically, scarring one.

      While she won’t need to wear a bra again, “It doesn’t feel the same, and it’s hard to carry your purse. I cry at least once a day about it because it’s hard to overlook it when you’re standing there in the mirror. When you look down, it’s the first thing you see… So you’re reminded constantly of this thing — this cancer thing that you had.”

    • lawn

      Christina did it with grace and humility; Angie seems to be using this as yet another attention-getting device.

      • C’mon, Jolie is more famous to begin with, and also had a far greater screen presence as a sex symbol than Applegate ever did, so it’s not exactly her fault that everyone’s all over it for that reason. There are far better ways of “attention getting” than electively removing your nerve-dense secondary sexual characteristics when you’re in prime adulthood. Is not going on Oprah a clue to the lack of grace and humility that you seem to think she’s displaying?

  30. Obvious attention whore is obvious.

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  32. Jenn

    Eh,she got new improved ones, you know. I understand why she did it. She’s also getting a hysterectomy, I believe. Her mother died of cancer. I’m proud she shared her story. Laugh, bemoan the loss of her tits, whatever, but, get tested if you think you need it.

    Men and women can get mammograms, by the way. Check with your doctor. Insurance covers screening mammos for women, and most of the cost for a diagnostic one in other cases. There are also grants that cover the cost for those that don’t have insurance.

  33. Angelina Jolie Breasts
    MFer
    Commented on this photo:

    Maybe I’m just cynical, but I can’t help but think that this was just a good excuse to get new boobs after having breast fed 3 kids.

    • amanda

      I watched my aunt get breast cancer at 29 and die by 30. Boobs are replaceable, people aren’t.

      • I’m guessing most males given a 14% chance they won’t get Penile Cancer, would opt (no pun) to keep their penis.

        No offense to anyone with any Cancer, OR the precursors.

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        I know I would flush my body with Cannabinoids first. That is for sure.

  34. Women in the modern industrialized western world, particularly white women, should be quite happy and proud that they suffer from breast cancer. In places in southeast Asia and Bangladesh and India and Pakistan and central Asia and Africa and in Latin America women will likely die from childbirth or typhus or dysentery or influenza or some other totally preventable disease rather than live long enough to suffer from cancer. Thanks to the affluence of the modern western industrialized environment, women in the Europe and North America are lucky to live long and healthy enough to get breast cancer!

  35. rcb

    I wonder if this could have been prevented with healthy living and 1-2 Aspirins/day.

    http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2811%2961720-0/abstract

  36. Angelina Jolie Breasts
    Lissa
    Commented on this photo:

    this is bonkers

  37. Angelina did the right thing here. It sucks, but goodbye boobs. I’ll always have my collection Jolie nude scenes to remember you in all of your greatness.

  38. anonym

    look at that nose she used to have.

  39. Wow, Mangelina is an over reacting moron. There is absolutely no guarantee that she’ll get breast cancer. All she would need to have done is give herself self exams and make sure to have mammograms, the same thing all women should do at her age.

    • yes, whatthe, and there is no guarantee she won’t get cancer now. the only guarantee is that everyone now knows without a doubt that her tits are bolt-ons.

  40. Nope, not the same thing at all. The BCRA gene isn’t just a precursor to “getting breast cancer” it’s getting really amazingly aggressive and deadly breast cancer that has a very high mortality rate vs other types of breast cancer. They are not all the same, sad to say. The path you advocate is great for people who do not have a predisposition to especially deadly cancer. Waiting to find a lump for those with this gene are basically setting themselves up for early death. Men who have this gene are also at high risk for deadly and aggressive breast cancer.

  41. So… I would also like to voice my offense at the original post by Fish. No, I don’t actually have to accept everything Fish says because I laugh at some of it. This was especially sexist and ignorant, and let’s face it, that’s saying a lot for Fish. Some things are funny, and some just are not. This is not. It’s nasty and meansprited and not funny. Not funny- not because I’m offended, but because it was just.not.funny.

    • and we just.don’t.care what you find funny. I for one am “offended” at anyone having healthy tissue lopped off.

    • I don’t think Fish said anything offensive there. In fact, aside from reminding us how awesome Angelina’s breasts were, he’s not even saying he disagrees with her decision (although he also doesn’t say he agrees; wisely, I think he’s staying out of second-guessing a complex medical decision from a distance).

      Why is it offensive to acknowledge the truth that breasts can be a large part of both a woman’s self-image and a man’s attraction to a woman and therefore makes it a particularly hard decision to remove what’s otherwise just a large lump of fatty tissue that otherwise has no effect on a person’s quality of life?

      • I’d like to agree with you- but unfortunately fish’s comments do not. He’s clearly “confused” = ridiculing that she removed “healthy” breasts because of a test. It’s all okay that he said it, and it’s all okay that I don’t like it, and it’s all okay that you don’t like that I don’t like it. I think I’m pretty much in agreement about breasts. I get it, and hell, I like it. What I take exception to- and my exception is just as valid as Fish’s comments- is the idea that she’s wigging out about it, or that she shouldn’t have done it. And I DO think that Fish’s comments and other people’s comments here equate her value with her boobs/looks. And at the end of the day, that’s crappy and not funny. Feel free to disagree.

  42. I wonder whether Jolie deciding to publish this op-ed is in response to the NY Times recently running a huge article on how perhaps we’ve scared too many women into being too aggressive with screening and treating this disease…

    (And before the flamewars begin, the original article wasn’t about people like Jolie who have family history and genetic factors, but about regular women with minimal risk factors who potentially are undergoing a huge number of unnecessary screenings / biopsies / treatments with fairly minimal improvements in outcomes)

    BTW, since this post is becoming something of a public service announcement, and since I assume a large portion of the readers are guys: about 10% of breast cancers occur in men. So if you have a lump, get it checked out. Don’t just assume it’s the atrophied husk of what used to be a vibrant pectoralis muscle before you stopped exercising and spent all day searching the web for pictures of naked celebrities.

  43. Beaowr

    She only did this so World War Z wouldn’t be the only hack job in the family.

  44. What Angelina had done is nothing new. It comes down to common sense if you have an 85% chance of getting breast cancer you would have your breast removed also. Most women can’t afford the test to find out if they have that gene it can be costly and insurance doesn’t always cover the cost. Some women don’t even have health insurance. Most women can’t afford the luxury of the down time and cost to have the surgery or the cost of reconstructive surgery. She is by no definition a hero. She is Lucky to have the advantages that others in this world don’t have. As far as hollywood’s superficial stars majority of the women have fake breast anyway her’s are just top notch reconstructed breast I am sure to her specifications. Reconstructive breast surgery is very costly and insurance doesn’t cover the cost. My mom died from breast cancer and after the removal of her breast she was just happy to be alive. She fought to try and get healthy period. Alot of women would remove their breast if they found out they were at high risk but a lot of women don’t have the luxury or taking off time from work and just the cost and down time most women have to worry about getting back to work to support themselves and their children. The cost of a breast reconstruction surgery the one Ms. Jolie had could run starting at 40,000 and up and Insurance does not cover. I worked for a breast reconstruction plastic surgeon and it is costly and tme consurming every time you have a procedure you need time to recover and a lot of money to pay the bill!

  45. For me, the bottom line is, the Hippocratic oath requires that doctors ‘do no harm’. Performing invasive surgery to amputate large portions of healthy tissue is harmful, and carries the risk of harmful surgical risks and side effects.

    • Then it’s a damn good thing for the world that you aren’t a doctor, because it’s clear you don’t know anything about the oath other than that aphorism. Which, btw, is not actually part of the oath, but a medical ethic that first appeared in the 1847 publication Physician and Patientby American medico Worthington Hooker. The original Hippocratic Greek did have an axiom that when faced with an obvious disease, the physician was require to decide whether his meddling with it would cure it, or make things even worse – not exactly the case here. The original oath also forbade physicians from operating on patients “in whom disease is manifest”, but leave all cutting to butchers or barbers – do you want today’s physicians to uphold that part, too?

      As for the oath-taking – I have no idea what sort of binding contract you imagine it is, but it’s pretty much ceremonial, a ritual at med school graduation, and many MDs don’t take it at all. Now what? The twice-revised Declaration of Geneva has pretty much replaced it, and requires: “The health of my patient will be my first consideration”, but another variant includes: “I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.” Your “interpretation” of what you imagine the oath would be would 86 all plastic surgery, as well as contraception and abortion.

      No, thanks.

  46. Sean

    Angelina Jolie had breast implants around 1997. Look at photos before then. Very flat

  47. Angelina Jolie Breasts
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    This woman is hideous. Seriously do not get the appeal.

  48. HarryCox

    Brilliant! Next up, a lobotomy to avoid a brain tumor!

  49. Angelina Jolie Breasts
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    i don’t know about cancer, i just know that A; that’s the chick from “tomb raider”, and B; she has nice new boobs

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