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dateline: 21 May 2013

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Angelina Jolie Has Double Mastectomy

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • preventive: a substance or act that prevents or slows something down
  • mastectomy: a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the breast
  • mutation: a change in the original structure of something
  • hereditary: a gene or characteristic that is passed down in families
  • ovary: part of the female reproductive system where eggs are produced

Angelina Jolie Has Double Mastectomy

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie announced that she had a preventive mastectomy this month after testing positive for a genetic mutation. Breast and ovarian cancers run in the side of Jolie’s family. According to Jolie, the procedure has her risk of hereditary breast cancer from 87 to 5 percent. Jolie, a mother of six, claims that she made this decision for her . The 37-year-old may decide to have her ovaries removed as well.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What medical procedure did Angelina Jolie recently undergo?
  2. Why is Jolie at a greater risk for breast and ovarian cancer than other women?
  3. What reason did Jolie give for going through with the procedure?

Discussion Question:
Do you agree with Jolie’s proactive choice, or is it extreme to have surgery before any hint of cancer exists?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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