It has been so long since we saw all of the Jolie-Pitt kids together (I guess it can be hard to take all six out at a time), that I practically shrieked with joy when I saw photos of the entire family out celebrating Angelina Jolie’s 38th birthday. It’s been so long, I felt the need to annotate the photo so you can keep track. First of all, look at how dressed up and adorable Zahara looks? Love. And Maddox! Maddox is approaching sullen teen territory I can tell. Look at him trying to go all incognito. Knox is gettin’ in the way of his twin sis Vivienne, and Pax ain’t havin’ all of this attention. As for my beloved Shiloh? She is clearly distracted by some taxidermy in that window. Best family! [Photo: Splash News]
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Was Angelina Jolie duped into an unnecessary double mastectomy by greedy surgeons who just wanted to mutiliate her for no other reason than to cash in on the expensive procedure? Such is the theory going around naturalistic circles. There are plenty of people who sincerely believe that cancer — even if you are genetically predisposed to certain types of it – can readily be prevented by certain foods, vitamins, and a healthy lifestyle. If only it were so. Keep reading »
- Angelina Jolie is reportedly planning surgery to remove her ovaries, as she has a 50 percent risk of getting ovarian cancer. Yesterday Jolie published an op-ed in the New York Times revealing she has the BRCA1 gene mutation and underwent a voluntary double mastectomy to prevent developing breast cancer. [Hollywood Reporter]
- “Breaking Bad”‘s Aaron Paul wants to take you to Disneyland! That is, if you donate $3,000 to one of his charitable endeavors. [Twitter.com/AaronPaul_8]
- Beyoncé posted a letter to her fans in Antwerp, Belgium, after canceling her show last night due to exhaustion, saying “I’ve never postponed a show in my life. It was very hard for me.” [Daily Mail UK]
- In other Bey news, her H&M bikini ad has been covered up in one of New York City’s conservative Jewish neighborhoods. [ONTD] Keep reading »
“I’m quite emotional about it, of course. She could have stayed absolutely private about it and I don’t think anyone would have been none the wiser with such good results. But it was really important to her to share the story and that others would understand it doesn’t have to be a scary thing. In fact, it can be an empowering thing, and something that makes you stronger and us stronger. … [It has been] an emotional and beautifully inspiring few months. And I’ll tell you, it’s such a wonderful relief to come through this and not have a spectre hanging over our heads. To know that that’s not going to be something that’s going to affect us. My most proudest thing is our family. This isn’t going to get that.”"
In a moving op-ed in today’s New York Times, Angelina Jolie revealed her choice to have a preventative double mastectomy. The media coverage has been immediate—as has the troubling, sexist public conversation (#RIP Angelina’s boobs!) about Jolie’s decision.
Jolie’s mother died of cancer at age 56. Jolie herself, after discovering she carries the BRCA1 gene, which increases the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer (In Jolie’s case, 87% chance of developing breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer), decided to undergo a preventative double mastectomy. She underwent the procedure beginning in February and announced her decision in an op-ed today.
People on Twitter had a lot to say about Angelina Jolie’s decision to remove her breasts in order to lessen her risk of breast cancer and prolong her life. Read more on The Gloss…
Breast Cancer & Genetics: A Conversation With A Cancer Genetic Counselor About Angelina Jolie & What You Can Do To Protect Yourself
In the wake of Angelina Jolie’s stunning double mastectomy news, we wanted to speak with a genetic counselor to find out a little bit more about how Angelina Jolie — and so many other women — came to the decision to have a preventative double mastectomy done. Jolie came to the decision after finding out that she had a mutation in her BRCA1 gene, which greatly increases the likelihood of breast cancer in women. The two complicit genes — BRCA1 and BRCA2 were first discovered by researchers in the early 90s, who identified them as the root cause of a genetic predisposition to hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. According to researchers, hereditary cancer accounts for between 3 and 5 percent of all cases of breast and ovarian cancers, which sounds like a small number, but actually amounts to tens of thousands of cases a year.
To find out more about these genes, the tests that detect them, and the difficult decision Angelina Jolie and so many other women make to prevent breast cancer, we spoke with Gina Nuccio, a genetic counselor at Baptist Memorial Health Care, a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Keep reading »
In a stunning New York Times op-ed piece, Angelina Jolie revealed that she’d recently had a double mastectomy. The actress and mother of 6 revealed that she’d considered the procedure after finding out that she carries a mutation in her BRCA1 gene, which greatly increases a woman’s risk for both breast and ovarian cancers.
Thanks to the gene, “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,” she writes. Keep reading »
“I admire her … She saves children’s lives. I get that we both have a lot of kids, but I don’t think I look anything like her,” said Nadya Suleman, better known as Octomom, of her idol Angelina Jolie.
Then Octomom proceeded to pose like her for In Touch. Why? It’s hard to say. But Octomom took the opportunity to talk about how much harder she has it than Ang.
Rape and sexual violence have long been used as a weapon in conflict — a way to enact brutal violence on women and children who are by and large bystanders. There are myriad examples: The Rwandan genocide, the violence in Sierra Leone and the conflict in Bosnia, to name a few. But despite the hundreds of thousands of victims, rape as a weapon was only codified as an offense on an international level in 1998, when the Rome Statute named rape as a “crime against humanity.” (A little note on the Rome Statute: President Bill Clinton signed on to it in ’98, and then George W. Bush revoked our signature on it during his presidency.) Keep reading »
Angelina Jolie looks like she could be married! Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may have forgone all the glitz, glamour and exclusives to magazines by simply marrying in secret. On Friday, the U.N. Ambassador was pictured at LAX wearing a gold band on her ring finger. In prior outings, the huge sparkler that Brad gave her usually occupy that hand. Read more…