A WIGAN cancer survivor who lost both her breasts has praised Hollywood beauty Angelina Jolie for her decision to have a double mastectomy in a bid to prevent being struck down with the disease.
Following the news that the actress made the painful sacrifice and then had reconstructive surgery when genetic testing revealed she had a 87 per cent chance of developing breast cancer in later life, Adele Wilkes said she admired Angelina for the choice she made.
The 45-year-old, who is the wife of Bryn councillor Gary Wilkes, and has two children, said: “I had a mastectomy in 2004 but after another lump was found in my second breast, that was also removed.
“We do have a history of breast cancer in the family, but I do not have the faulty gene like Angelina has.
“If I had that knowledge, I think I would have had a mastectomy before like she has.
“I felt cheated that I had lost my breasts to breast cancer and that I did not have that choice.
“I could relate to Angelina as she said she does not feel feminine. I do not feel the same person. It is not just a part of my body I had lost, it was a part of me.
“I think she is brave in what she has done and she has empowered other women in that situation.
“There may be many women who have found a lump but are too frightened to address it but hopefully now Angelina has taken action, others will follow suit.
“I admire her as it is not an easy decision to make.
“She must have been really frightened but what choice did she have?
“Either way she was going to lose out.
“But hopefully the publicity surrounding Angelina will encourage someone who is in that situation take action.
“If they can dodge a bullet, they should dodge the bullet.
“I would urge anyone who discovers they have the faulty gene to see a consultant.”