Angelina Jolie is being proactive about her health.
The actress and mom of six opened up earlier this week about her decision to have a double mastectomy. After learning she carried the "faulty" BCRA1 gene that significantly increases a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, she chose to undergo surgery and drastically cut her risks.
She was tested for the BRCA1 gene because of her family history of ovarian cancer. In 2007, Angelina's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, lost her battle to the disease at age 56. When Angelina, 37, undergoes surgery to remove her ovaries, she will drastically reduce her risks of developing ovarian cancer herself.
The Jolie-Pitt kids—Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne—were one of Angelina's biggest reasons for having her first surgery. "I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer," she said in her New York Times op-ed. "It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that's it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can."
Obviously, mama Angie is committed to the Brangelina bunch. A family insider reiterated this, telling People that when it comes to Angelina, "Her kids always come first to her."