Jolie is not the first public figure to speak from personal experience on disease prevention. Several other actors and athletes — from Magic Johnson to Giuliana Rancic — have shared their health scares and advocated for awareness.
Angelina Jolie In an op-ed published in the New York Times, actress Angelina Jolie announced that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy this year. Jolie revealed that she went through the procedure after learning that she carries an inherited gene mutation that sharply increases her chances of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer in 2007. Jolie wrote in the Times, “I hope other women can benefit from my experience.” Evan Agostini/AP Buy Photo