Melissa Etheridge: Angelina Jolie Was a Cancer Coward

From 'Access Hollywood' to the cover of Time magazine, movie star Angelina Jolie was flooded with praise for deciding to undergo a double mastectomy due to her chances of developing breast cancer.

But some people think Jolie was a cancer coward. At the very end of an interview with the gay newspaper The Washington Blade, lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge implied that Jolie made the "most fearful choice" in treatments:

BLADE: As a breast cancer survivor yourself, what did you think of Angelina Jolie’s announcement?

ETHERIDGE: I have to say I feel a little differently. I have that gene mutation too and it’s not something I would believe in for myself. I wouldn’t call it the brave choice. I actually think it’s the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer.

My belief is that cancer comes from inside you and so much of it has to do with the environment of your body. It’s the stress that will turn that gene on or not. Plenty of people have the gene mutation and everything but it never comes to cancer so I would say to anybody faced with that, that choice is way down the line on the spectrum of what you can do and to really consider the advancements we’ve made in things like nutrition and stress levels.

I’ve been cancer free for nine years now and looking back, I completely understand why I got cancer. There was so much acidity in everything. I really encourage people to go a lot longer and further before coming to that conclusion.

Tim Graham's picture