- 06.05.13 09:02 AM EDT
Angelina Jolie and her husband Brad Pitt walked the red carpet in London in their first their such appearance since Jolie wrote about her elective double mastectomy last month. She was in London for the premier of Pitt's film World War Z. Jolie said she's happy that her decision could bring more attention to women's health. Pitt complimented his wife's courage.
In her piece in the New York Times discussing her decision to have the procedure, Jolie wrote:
My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman. Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average. 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. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.
Jolie revealed that she will also have her ovaries removed.