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Hollywood applauds Jolie for going public with surgery

By Lisa Respers France, CNN
May 14, 2013 -- Updated 2043 GMT (0443 HKT)
Fans of singer Morrissey knew the star had been ill after he canceled some U.S. tour stops in June, but it appears the performer has been battling cancer. "They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever," Morrissey <a href='http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/morrissey-hints-at-cancer-scare-if-i-die-then-i-die-20141007' target='_blank'>said in an interview with Spanish language outlet El Mundo</a>. "I am aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that's what illness can do. I'm not going to worry about that." These stars have also faced their own cancer battle: Fans of singer Morrissey knew the star had been ill after he canceled some U.S. tour stops in June, but it appears the performer has been battling cancer. "They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever," Morrissey said in an interview with Spanish language outlet El Mundo. "I am aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that's what illness can do. I'm not going to worry about that." These stars have also faced their own cancer battle:
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(CNN) -- Actress Angelina Jolie announced in a New York Times op-ed article on Tuesday that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which doctors told her greatly increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Hollywood responded with a virtual standing ovation as several celebrities hailed Jolie for her bravery in both having the surgery and sharing her story to benefit others. Her partner of many years and father of her children, Brad Pitt, released a statement in part saying "Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie's choice, as well as many others like her, absolutely heroic."

He also thanked her medical team and said, "All I want is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family."

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