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Pitt says partner's procedure 'wonderful relief'

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BRAD Pitt says it was important for his partner, Angelina Jolie, to share her story about having her breasts removed to avoid cancer "and that others would understand it doesn't have to be a scary thing."

In an interview published Wednesday in USA Today, the actor said: "In fact, it can be an empowering thing, and something that makes you stronger and makes us stronger."

Jolie revealed Tuesday in an op-ed article in The New York Times that she had a double mastectomy for an inherited gene mutation that put her at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Pitt said, "It's such a wonderful relief to come through this and not have a spectre hanging over our heads. To know that that's not going to be something that's going to affect us."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 16, 2013 C1

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