Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy and reconstruction has raised awareness of breast cancer

Angelina Jolie has helped increase the awareness of breast cancer treatment and surgery, a study has found.

Researchers from the Medical University of Graz in Austria have found women are more informed of their reconstruction options following the actress’ decision to undergo a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in 2013.

Angelina had both her breasts surgically removed after discovering she carried a genetic mutation that increased her likelihood of being diagnosed with breast cancer.


1,000 females were asked questions before and after Angelina’s announcement to gather the results for the study.

Following Angelina’s surgery, researchers found that the number of women who were aware they were able to have reconstruction during the mastectomy operation increased from 40.5 to 59.5 per cent.

Women who knew breast reconstruction can be achieved with the use of the patients own tissue also increased from 57.6 to 68.9 per cent.

Researchers also found that Angelina’s announcement helped one in five of women ‘deal more intensively with the topic of breast cancer’.