Angelina Jolie could not keep double mastectomy secret, says doctor

Aug 17 2013, 15:35 IST
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Angelina Jolie opted for the operation after genetic tests showed that she had a high risk of developing breast cancer. (AP Photo) Angelina Jolie opted for the operation after genetic tests showed that she had a high risk of developing breast cancer. (AP Photo)
SummaryAngelina Jolie shocked the world in May by announcing her preventive double mastectomy.

Angelina Jolie shocked the world in May by announcing her preventive double mastectomy and her doctor says it was a brave decision for the movie star to forgo her privacy for the larger public good.

Speaking for the first time, Dr Kristi Funk of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills, who treated Jolie, 38, said the actress waited for a perfect time go public, reported People magazine quoting Los Angeles magazine.

The Oscar winner opted for the operation earlier this year after genetic tests showed that she had a high risk of developing breast cancer. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand,

died of ovarian cancer in 2007 at the age of 56.

Funk says Jolie "waited to find the perfect timing in her personal and professional life, but I think most importantly in her soul," to tell the world what she had done.

"She is intensely private, but she calculated the moment when she would be ready to reveal something so personal."

Funk says Jolie's honesty about the surgery helped raise

awareness about breast cancer and the faulty gene, BRCA1 and BRCA2.

"When someone who is arguably the most beautiful woman in

the world removes the part of her body that is symbolic of

femininity and sexuality, you have to say, 'Why would she do

that?'.

"She knew always that in her philanthropic core she couldn't keep this a secret and be who she is. She always knew," Funk added.

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