Angelina Jolie ‘will give others courage’ in cancer fight

Isobel Wilson, from Hartlepool's Pansies breast cancer support group.
Isobel Wilson, from Hartlepool's Pansies breast cancer support group.

A BREAST cancer care group has championed the “bravery” of film star Angelina Jolie in revealing that she has had a double mastectomy operation.

Isobel Wilson, 67, from town charity Pansies, said she was moved when she heard the news that Angelina had decided to tell the world about the operation to remove both her breasts in a bid to reduce her chances of contracting breast cancer, a disease from which her mother died.

Actress Angelina Jolie poses on the red carpet for the screening of The Tree of Life at the 64th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Actress Angelina Jolie poses on the red carpet for the screening of The Tree of Life at the 64th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Grandmother Isobel, who herself underwent mastectomy surgery to remove one of her breasts in 1996, said she hoped it would encourage other women to seek help and advice if they needed it.

She said: “It’s an amazing thing that she’s gone public with this.

“It will give other women who are in a similar situation the encouragement to have the operation if they need it, and could potentially save lives.”

She added: “I’ve spoken to a few people over the years who have had to make that choice, and other’s, like myself, who didn’t have the choice, they basically had to have it done.

“You go through a whole range of emotions and it is very hard. I remember everything about my operation like it was yesterdayl. It’s a huge decision to make and I’m sure that Angelina will have done the right thing.”

The Tomb Raider star, who is a mum-of-six and partner of actor Brad Pitt, decided to go for the op after learning she had an 87 per cent risk of developing breast cancer.

Anyone who would like support or advice about all areas of breast cancer, can contact Isobel confidentially on 07791659438.