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Jolie the latest celeb to seek treatment for breast cancer

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 01:31

May 14 - Angelina Jolie reveals she is the latest in a long line of female celebrities to undergo treatment for the disease. Lindsay Claiborn reports.

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Angelina Jolie has redirected the spotlight on to breast cancer and its treatment. The Oscar winning actress said in an article for the New York Times on Tuesday (May 14) that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy after finding out she had a gene mutation that leads to a sharply higher risk of both breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie joins a growing list of female celebrities that have made public their own battles with breast cancer. Grammy-winning rock star Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in February 2006 after a routine mammogram. Australian pop star Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and went through surgery and chemotherapy. Her 2006 "Showgirl Homecoming Tour" represented her comeback from cancer. Australian singer Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed in 1992 and underwent a partial mastectomy and chemotherapy. Christina Applegate had both breasts removed to combat the disease, after revealing she bore a genetic risk for developing breast cancer, and she said her surgery was meant to prevent the cancer she suffered in one breast from coming back. Sharon Osbourne, who developed colon cancer in 2002, underwent a double mastectomy in 2012 as a precaution after she discovered she carried the gene which made her a likely risk for breast cancer. Oscar winner Kathy Bates revealed in September that she had undergone a double mastectomy to fight a cancer diagnosis. Other famous women who shared their battle with breast cancer include Melissa Etheridge, Edie Falco, Maggie Smith and fashion designer Betsey Johnson.

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Jolie the latest celeb to seek treatment for breast cancer

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 01:31