Melissa Etheridge: Angelina Jolie’s Mastectomy Decision Was ‘Fearful,’ Not ‘Brave’


(CBS News) Melissa Etheridge said she doesn’t agree with Angelina Jolie’s choice to have a preventative double mastectomy after learning she had the BRCA gene mutation that could lead to developing breast cancer.

In a recent interview with the Washington Blade, Etheridge, a breast cancer survivor, called the move “the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer.”

After Jolie, 38, opened up about her decision to undergo the procedure in a New York Times op-ed, her husband, Brad Pitt, 49, said the choice was “absolutely heroic.” But Etheridge, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, said, “I have to say I feel a little differently. I have that gene mutation too and it’s not something I would believe in for myself.”

She added, “I wouldn’t call it the brave choice. I actually think it’s the most fearful choice you can make when…

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