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Doctor hails Jolie's public announcement of preventive double mastectomy

Tuesday - 5/14/2013, 5:58pm  ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The doctor who founded the Southern California facility where actress Angelina Jolie had both breasts removed is applauding Jolie for making some "bold choices."

Jolie wrote in today's New York Times that she decided to have the double mastectomy as a preventive measure, after discovering that she has a gene that gives her an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer. She writes that her mother fought cancer for nearly a decade before dying at 56, and that she didn't want her own children to fear that they would lose her to breast cancer.

Dr. Kristi Funk, founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center where Jolie was treated, says she hopes that Jolie "will save countless lives" through the awareness she is raising around the world.

Many women have chosen preventive mastectomy since genetic screening for breast cancer was developed. But the public announcement is unprecedented from a star so young and widely known.

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168-a-14-(Dr. Elisa Port, chief of breast surgery, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, in AP interview)-"have this gene"-Dr. Elisa Port, the chief of breast surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, says very few people have the "faulty" BRCA1 gene. ((BRCA1 is pronounced BRAK'-uh one) (14 May 2013)

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166-a-12-(Dr. Elisa Port, chief of breast surgery, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, in AP interview)-"and feel beautiful"-Dr. Elisa Port, the chief of breast surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, says Angelina Jolie has raised public awareness about options for breast surgery and reconstruction. (14 May 2013)

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155-a-16-(Dr. Julia Wilson, Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity, in AP interview)-"very informed choice"-Dr. Julia Wilson of the British charity called Breakthrough Breast Cancer says Jolie made a wise decision under the circumstances. (14 May 2013)

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157-a-15-(Dr. Julia Wilson, Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity, in AP interview)-"developing breast cancer"-Dr. Julia Wilson of the British charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer notes that a double masectomy is not the only means of dealing with the risk Jolie faced. (14 May 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Angelina Jolie headshot, actress, over EKG waveform texture, lettering "DOUBLE MASTECTOMY", finished graphic (14 May 2013)

APPHOTO NYET134: FILE - This Feb. 26, 2012 file photo shows actress Angelina Jolie at the 84th Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. 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 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. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file) (26 Feb 2012)

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APPHOTO NYET133: FILE - This Feb. 14, 2012 file photo shows US actress and director Angelina Jolie addressing the audience after premiere of her movie, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," in Sarajevo, Bosnia. 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 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. (AP Photo/Amel Emric, file) (14 Feb 2012)

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