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  • 'Angelina Effect' Is Real: Actress Raised Breast Surgery Awareness

    (Photo: Getty Images) Angelina Jolie Pitt’s breast surgery increased women’s awareness of reconstructive breast surgery options, according to a new study from Austria. Many researchers and media stories have speculated this, but the new research is the first prospective, scientific study to look at the impact of Jolie Pitt’s announcement, the researchers said. Jolie Pitt made headlines in May 2013 was she announced that she had undergone a double mastectomy because she had tested positive for a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. Such a mutation significantly increases risk of breast cancer, and Jolie Pitt wanted to prevent herself from getting the disease.