‘I had double mastectomy – just like Angelina Jolie’

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In the week Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie shocked the world by revealing she has had a double mastectomy, a city woman has spoken of her decision to undergo the same procedure.

Jeanette Baldock underwent the life-changing surgery last year after a mammogram found a lump on her breast.

Her decision to opt for a full mastectomy was prompted by the loss of both her mother and sister to breast cancer, mirroring that of ‘Mighty Heart’ and ‘Changeling’ star Ms Jolie.

The 37-year-old actress, who is married to Brad Pitt, had been told she had a 87 per cent risk of developing breast cancer.

Mrs Baldock was diagnosed with the disease in Spring 2012. The 63-year-old had previously lost her mother when she was just 22 and her sister seven years ago.

She said: “I think it’s great how Angelina Jolie is using her story to raise awareness of breast cancer and I can empathise with the decisions she’s had to make.

“I lost my mum to breast cancer when I was just 22 and then my sister seven years ago – and both experiences left me absolutely devastated.

“My lump was discovered last year through a mammogram and it was because of what my mum and sister had been through that I opted for the full mastectomy.”

Now on the road to recovery after surgery in March, Mrs Baldock is planning two fundraisers to raise money for breast cancer charity, the Touch of Pink appeal.

The Touch of Pink Summer Fair, which will include around 50 stalls, a bouncy castle and a fairy corner for children, will be held at Bradwell Abbey on June 2, from 11am onwards.

There will be a similar event at Woburn Sands Memorial Hall on September 28.

Mrs Baldock is aiming to raise around £3,000 towards the £50,000 needed for a mammotome which will allow clinicians to carry out even more accurate diagnosis without the need for surgery.

She said: “Following my surgery in July and up until Christmas the breast unit was my second home. I really wanted to give something back in return for the care and time the unit gave me and supporting the Touch of Pink Appeal seemed the best way of saying thank you.

“Any of us could need the unit in the future, so if you can, please come along on the day and support a good, local cause.”

For information on donating to the Touch of Pink Appeal or any part of the hospital, call fundraising manager, Vanessa Holmes, on 01908 826690 or email fundraising@mkhospital.nhs.uk