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North Texas women moved by Jolie's mastectomy decision

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Actress Angelina Jolie is known for her tough roles in action movies. She's adding to her popular role by going public about her decision to have double mastectomy. She had the surgery to cut her chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Jolie's mother died from cancer at the age of 56.

Jolie had genetic testing done and found out she carries a mutated gene which gives her an 87% chance of getting breast cancer.

She underwent a series of sometimes painful procedures over the past three months to have both breasts removed then reconstructed.

Jolie says her six children with partner Brad Pitt were a big factor in her decision.

North Texas women have been moved and inspired by Jolie's choice.

Tracy Diaz's mother and grandmother both died of cancer. The 30-year-old also carries a mutated gene. Diaz has decided to have a double mastectomy in five years. She said she feels even more secure to go forward with the surgery thanks to Jolie's announcement.

"It validates it. I feel better about it just having seen her being able to survive that, survive the decision of that and being able to say she's happy," said Diaz.

Jennifer Legere, Executive Director of Komen in Dallas County talks about the liberating and empowering decision women have to make about their bodies.

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