Angelina Jolie Criticized by Celebrity Cancer Survivor

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Angelina Jolie has been praised for her decision to undergo a double mastectomy as a preventative measure against breast and ovarian cancer. Now, a celebrity cancer survivor is speaking out against Angelina's decision saying it was a "fearful choice."

Angelina Jolie has received a lot of praise for her recent decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.

The Oscar-winning actress said that she opted to have the procedures done because she had an increased risk of developing cancer.

"I carry a 'faulty' gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer," the star wrote in the New York Times.

She then went on to say that her doctors determined that she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer.

"I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could," she continued, explaining her decision to undergo the complicated surgeries.

While Angie admits that the decision wasn't easy, she says that she wanted to be able to tell her kids that they wouldn't have to fear losing her to breast cancer, which was obviously a very formidable threat.

Sounds pretty brave to us...but, it seems that not everyone is in agreement.

Melissa Etheridge, who is a breast cancer survivor herself, recently told the Washington Blade that she thinks Angelina's decision was...well, kind of cowardly.

"I have that gene mutation too and it's not something I would believe in for myself," she explained.
"I wouldn't call it the brave choice. I actually think it's the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer."

She also says that people should consider the advancements we've made in nutrition and stress levels and to "go a lot longer" before making the decision that Angelina did.

Do you agree with Melissa or do you think Angelina made the right choice?

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