Angelina Jolie makes first public appearance since elective mastectomy

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The Oscar-winning actress has been recuperating at home following a double mastectomy.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the World War Z premiere in London's Leicester Square

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Angelina Jolie has made her first public appearance since opting to undergo a double mastectomy.

Angelina joined husband Brad Pitt on the red carpet for his latest project, zombie flick World War Z, at the premiere in London's Leicester Square.

The actress penned a piece for the New York Times earlier this month explaining that she made the decision to undergo the surgical procedure after learning she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene which meant there was a high risk of developing cancer.

"My doctors estimated that I had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman," said Angelina.

"Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy."

Angelina went on to thank her family for their support before adding: "On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.

"For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options."

Angelina looked absolutely stunning on the red carpet. We hope she's feeling lots better after recuperating at home in Los Angeles.

If you are concerned about BRCA1 and want to find out more about testing, visit cancerresearchuk.org

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