Angelina Jolie took the world by surprise this morning after shockingly revealing that she had a top-secret preventative double mastectomy to lower her chances of getting cancer.
Taking matters into her own hands, the actress— who had an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer— decided to undergo the surgery for her kids.
"I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer." Angie, 37, admits. "They know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can.”
Angelina Jolie Admits: I Had a Double Mastectomy For My Kids
But Angie is not alone. Many other celebrities have undergone double mastectomy to prevent— and beat— breast cancer.
Giuliana Rancic: After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, the E! host decided to undergo a double mastectomy. "It was definitely hard," she said only 18 days after her surgery. "I knew this was going to be a tough surgery. I in no way want to minimize it. Yes, I'm two and a half weeks out, (but) my gosh ... Up until a week and a half ago, it was hell. It was horrible." Thankfully, the pain subsided and Giuliana is cancer-free.
Sharon Osbourne: The television personality revealed last November that she decided to remove both of her breasts. "For me it was a no-brainer. I want to be around for a long time and be a grandmother to Pearl (her son Jack's baby daughter). It's not 'pity me'. It's a decision I made that's got rid of this weight I was carrying around. I didn't want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me."
Christina Applegate: In 2008, the actress decided to undergo a double mastectomy to give her the best chance of beating breast cancer. Even though cancer cells were detected only in one breast, Christina wanted to be certain that she would not die from horrible disease. Although the star admits she had a “total emotional collapse,” after the surgery, she is now cancer-free and happy with her decision.
Michelle Heaton: The Liberty X singer decided to undergo a double mastectomy late last year to prevent her 80 percent chance of getting breast cancer. The former “You’re a Star” judge admitted she wanted to get the operation so she could “start living” again.