Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie wrote in the New York Times on Tuesday that she had a double mastectomy after learning a gene she carried made it likely she would get breast cancer.
The genetic testing Jolie went through checked for a “faulty” BRCA1 gene. The test showed she had an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer.
"I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made," Jolie wrote.
In 2008, KATU’s own Shellie Bailey-Shah underwent a similar test. She had breast cancer and documented her treatment to inform KATU viewers about the process.
Bailey-Shah got the test because if she had the gene, there was a chance her children also had it. Even though her two children are boys, having the faulty gene would increase their chances of getting male breast cancer, melanoma, pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.
We’ve posted her 2008 story below:
You can also watch Shellie's story from Tuesday about a Portland woman who has the same gene as Jolie:
The Associated Press contributed to this story