Angelina Jolie bravely revealed that she has undergone a double mastectomy in a move to prevent breast cancer in an article she wrote for the New York Times on Monday.
Since the breaking news a host of stars have praised the Hollywood actress's courage and honesty upon speaking out. "I have a lot of respect for Angelina Jolie. Tough decision and brave to go public with it," tweeted Dawn O'Porter, while actress Kristen Bell called her article 'admirable'.
"I commend Angelina Jolie for her courage and thoughtfulness in sharing her story today regarding her mastectomy. So brave!" wrote Sheryl Crow, who has herself suffered from breast cancer.
She went on: "Ladies, please check out Angelina Jolie's story today, especially if you have breast cancer in your family history."
The Hunger Games actress Elizabeth Banks shared a link to Angelina's article with her Twitter followers: "Much respect & for sharing in classy way: Angelina Jolie on why she had a double mastectomy & how it can save lives", as did Dita Von Teese: "Angelina's admirable, informative letter, a must-read."
Angelina's is a story that will resonate deeply with many women, including former Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton, who underwent a double mastectomy last year.
The pop singer tweeted: "I wish Angelina & all women who are effected by the BRCA gene all my love & strength. Thank u all 4 your support through mine Luv Michelle."
Michelle, 33, spoke on ITV's Daybreak: "I know how much she has gone through – it is identical. I decided to have the double mastectomy pretty much as soon as I found out that I carried the gene, reconstruction on the same day.
"The reason that I did it was because I have a little baby girl and I didn’t want her asking me later on in life 'Has Mummy got a chance of dying sooner rather than later?' and I never wanted that to be an option."
In the moving article entitled, My Medical Choice, Angelina, 37, explains that her children also motivated her to make the move.
"I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer," the Hollywood actress said. "It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable.
She also urges other women, in particular those with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek medical advice so they can make their own informed choices about what steps to take.
Michelle says that Angelina's honesty and bravery will help women who are going through the same treatment.
"I can't even stress how much of an impact I had, saying that I was going through this, on women – especially through Twitter and people writing to me," says the singer.
"Imagine what impact somebody as huge as Angelina Jolie can have on this."
Both women made the difficult decision to have a double mastectomy because they carry the "faulty" BRCA1 gene that means they are much more likely to suffer from breast or ovarian cancer.
Oscar-winning actress Angelina underwent the three-month medical procedure, which involves tissue being removed from both breasts, in April but kept it quiet until now.
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