Angelina Jolie has used her first public appearance since revealing last month that she had undergone a double mastectomy to speak about her happiness at helping to expand the global discussion about women's health.
Appearing alongside her partner, Brad Pitt, at the world premiere in London of his latest film, Jolie said it was "his night" but expressed her gratitude for the support she has received since talking about her health and the decision to undergo the preventive surgery.
"I have been very happy just to see the discussion about women's health expanded and that means the world to me," she said.
Jolie, whose mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died from ovarian cancer at 56 and whose aunt died of breast cancer last month, added: "After losing my mom to these issues, I'm very grateful for it, and I've been very moved by the kind support from people."
Jolie revealed that she had a double mastectomy after discovering she has an inherited genetic mutation that puts her at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
She and Pitt walked a black, rather than red, carpet in Leicester Square at the premiere of World War Z, an action epic in which he stars as a UN employee battling to save the world.
As they signed autographs for fans, she added: "He has just been extraordinary. He is such a wonderful man and a wonderful father and I'm very, very lucky."
Pitt said: "The biggest fear of a father is keeping the family alive and keeping them together. That she did that for us … I can get a bit teary-eyed.
"It's absolutely heroic to undertake that as a preventive attack on it, and then to go beyond that and share it with others, because she realises that this is not available for everyone, and it should be – the testing and the surgery."
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