8 Celebrities Who Secretly Battled Cancer

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1. Angelina Jolie

In 2013, Angelina Jolie made the decision to have both her breasts removed. As a result, she underwent a preventive double mastectomy, and the reason behind this was quite serious. The actress was told she was very likely to develop breast cancer.

Soon after the first operation, she underwent another one in which she also had both her ovaries removed. Also known as the preventive oophorectomy, the surgery is known to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, which in Angelina’s case was pretty high.

While she was very open about her decisions and both surgeries, the actress still faced criticism, as many thought her precautions were “overly extreme.” As it turned out, however, Angelina had already received an ovarian cancer diagnosis, but she decided not to state this at that time. Although the disease was in its very early stages, she underwent surgery to fight it as soon as possible.

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