Angelina Jolie (Danny Martindale/WireImage)The news of Angelina Jolie's preventive double mastectomy, after testing positive for a faulty BRCA1 gene (which you can read more about here), continues to reverberate not only across Hollywood but also around the globe.
Almost instantly, the 37-year-old Oscar winner and humanitarian put a famous face on a sensitive procedure that many other women have elected to have -- some of them celebrities.
Christina Applegate also opted to have a double mastectomy. After cancer was detected in one of her breasts in 2008, the "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" actress, whose mother had multiple occurrences of breast cancer, made the dramatic decision to remove both of her breasts so she'd be less likely to suffer the same fate.
"I didn't want to go back to the doctors every four months for testing and squishing and everything," Applegate, 41, told "Good Morning America" at the time. "I just wanted to kind of be rid of this whole thing for me. This was the choice that I made, and it was a tough one."
And one she is still grappling with on some levels. While Jolie wrote in the New York Times op-ed piece that following the procedure, she does "not feel any less of aRead More »from Sharon Osbourne, Christina Applegate, and Other Celebrities Who Had Double Mastectomies Like Angelina Jolie