The actress said her decision came after she found out she carries the BRCA1gene. That genetically raises the chances for breast and ovarian cancer in a woman significantly.
Jolie wrote an op-ed column in the New York Times saying "my doctors estimated that I had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer."
She continued "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."
That’s important to the superstar because she lost her mother Marcheline Bertrand to ovarian cancer when she was only 56 years old.
Jolie wrote “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.
She also confirmed that longtime partner Brad Pitt had been with her through the entire ordeal.
Jolie admitted the $3,000 price tag on testing may be a huge drawback for many but hopes it will at least be in the public discussion.