Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie revealed in The New York Times this week that she had a pre-emptive double mastectomy, after discovering that she had the same mutant gene that caused her own mother to die of ovarian cancer at the age of 56.

Jolie's surgery, in the absence of cancer, was shocking on its own -- but what made it even more surprising was the fact that she chose to go public with the news.

Several writers from The Stir gathered in a Google Hangout to discuss Jolie's suprising announcement -- here's what they had to say.

In The New York Times, Jolie wrote:

I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.

I think her decision was an incredibly courageous one, and I like the thought that Angelina chose to put her family ahead of her career. We all hope that she'll continue to win great roles in great movies, but she must have worried that going public with her decision might cost her desirable parts in upcoming films.

What do you think of Angelina's decision? Would you do what she did? Does her story make you want to have your DNA tested as well?

 

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