By Holly Lebowitz Rossi
May 15, 2013

The actress Angelina Jolie's announcement this week that she underwent multiple surgeries for a double mastectomy has given a very public face to the difficult decisions women face if they find out they have the BRCA-1 gene, which significantly raises a woman's risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer in her lifetime.  Many women, like Jolie, undergo preventative surgeries to remove their breasts, ovaries, or both.  The decision is particularly grueling for women who may want to have children before surgery.

Image: Angelina Jolie, via vipflash / Shutterstock.com

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