Angelina Jolie announced she had a preventative double mastectomy after discovering she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, which increases her risk of developing cancer.
The actress has received much praise for publicising her operation - from breast cancer charities and many others.
Her partner Brad Pitt described her as "absolutely heroic", while Kylie Minogue thanked Jolie for "sharing her story".
ITV News reporter Martha Fairlie reports:
Brad Pitt described his partner Angelina Jolie as "absolutely heroic" after the actress revealed she underwent a double mastectomy.
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As Angelina Jolie reveals she underwent a preventative double mastectomy, Tracey Barraclough tells ITV News why she had the same procedure.