http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2324149/Angelina-Jolie-reveals-double-mastectomy.html Angelina Jolie has a double mastectomy: Film star takes agonising decision to have both breast removed after learning she had an 87% risk of getting cancer Tomb Raider star discovered she carried the BRCA1 gene after losing her mother to disease at the age of 56 She began three months of secret procedures on February 2, finishing on April 27 Surgery was successful and her chances of getting breast cancer have decreased to less than 5% Actress praised her fiancÃ© Brad Pitt for being 'so loving and supportive' By Iona Kirby, Sarah Bull and Rachel Reilly PUBLISHED: 04:58 GMT, 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:50 GMT, 14 May 2013 Comments (650) Share . . Today Angelina Jolie revealed that she was forced to make the agonising decision to have a preventative double mastectomy, after tests showed she had an 87 per cent chance of contracting cancer. The actress opened up about her traumatic experience in a U.S. newspaper, saying that she made the decision to undergo the procedure in February after learning that she is a carrier of the deadly BRCA1 cancer gene. The 37-year-old's mother Marcheline Bertrand died at the age of 56 from ovarian cancer, which Angelina revealed she had a high chance of contracting. But the Hollywood star has not let the life-changing operation interfere with public engagements - she visited the Republic of Congo on March 26 on humanitarian duties and attended the G8 summit in London on April 11 with William Hague, after her initial operations but before the all the procedures had finished.