GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - Angelina Jolie recently announced she had a double mastectomy to prevent cancer, saying she not only did it for herself but for her kids.
22News asked women in Franklin County how they feel about the decision and if they would consider the same option.
Angelina's mother was 56 when she lost her fight to ovarian cancer, and recently Jolie decided to take a proactive approach.
But some women we spoke with in Franklin County were unsure if that's an option they would have taken for themselves.
Some women are calling Angelina Jolie brave for deciding to have both of her breasts surgically removed, and then going public about it.
Amy Calandrella, of Florence said, "I think it's great she's making an example of that. I don't know what her reasoning was. I don't know what her other options were or like what her experience was with her mom was like but I would definitely respect her decision."
Others say a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer is extreme.
Claudia Ainsworth, of Colrain said," It's removing part of your body, and there's no definite reason to do it just a possibility. So to me that's extreme."
Doctor's told Jolie she had the faulty BRCA1 gene, making her chances of getting breast cancer 87 percent. But by having this double mastectomy it lowered her risk to 5 percent.
This faulty gene also puts women at risk for ovarian cancer. One nursing student we spoke with today says there are other natural, less invasive ways for women to prevent these kinds of cancers. And a decision like this is one women really need to think about.
Beth Hardin, of Greenfield said, "Breasts are a huge part of a woman's body and although it might be uncomfortable to talk about it's true. And by removing those you're kind of removing part of your female anatomy. And that's just you know it's huge."
When 22News visited the Baystate Medical Center in Franklin County Wednesday we learned that this procedure is just one of many options women have. And it's something you should speak to your own doctor about.