Stars come out to praise 'courageous' Angelina Jolie
A host of stars have praised Angelina Jolie's decision to have a preventative double mastectomy.
The 37-year-old actress made the announcement in the New York Times on Tuesday, explaining she went ahead with the procedure after discovering she carried the BRCA1 gene which dramatically increases a woman's risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
Since Angelina chose to make the news public, a number of stars have come forward to praise the beauty's "courageous" actions.
Taking to Twitter, fellow actress Kristen Bell wrote: "An admirable op ed by Angelina Jolie," while Sheryl Crow, who battled breast cancer herself posted: "I commend Angelina Jolie for her courage and thoughtfulness in sharing her story today regarding her mastectomy. So brave! (sic)".
TV host Giuliani Rancic underwent the same procedure in 2011 after being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.
She took to the social networking site to write: "Angelina Jolie reveals double mastectomy. Proud of her for using her incredible platform to educate women."
The Hunger Games actress Elizabeth Banks also commended Angelina on her open article, saying: "Much respect & for sharing in classy way: Angelina Jolie on why she had a double mastectomy & how it can save lives (sic)."
Angelina's decision has also garnered praise from breast cancer campaigners.
Angelina explained in the article entitled My Medical Choice that she completed the three-month process on April 27.
"I decided to be proactive and to minimise the risk as much I could. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87% to under 5%. I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer," she wrote.
"I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity. For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options."
Angelina also thanked partner Brad Pitt for his "love and support" throughout.
Meanwhile, it has been claimed that the Hollywood couple - who raise six children together - ensured family life remained the same throughout the three month-long process.
"Things have appeared normal. The kids have kept their schedules as usual," an insider told People. "They have been in school during the day and have attended after-school activities like they always do."