Linda Pellegrino on Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy Announcement

May 14, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 7:04 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

May 14, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 7:04 PM EDT

Angelina Jolie made headlines Tuesday after publicly revealing she underwent a preventative double mastectomy.

A little over two years ago, it was Channel 7's Linda Pellegrino, Host of AM Buffalo, who opened her heart and shared her own story with those who watch her everyday.

"I had my double mastectomy because I was diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts," said Pellegrino.

Pellegrino said she commends Jolie for being open about her procedure that she decided to undergo because her mother died of breast cancer. Angelina tested positive for the gene that causes it.

"I think it was brave and very selfless of her to have a double mastectomy prophylactically which she did. She said it's all for her kids what more can you say," said Pellegrino.

Dr. Helen Cappuccino, Breast Surgeon at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, said for women at high-risk or with the genetic mutation that is linked to breast cancer, a preventative double mastectomy is highly effective.

However, there are also less evasive options to consider.

"Instead of just doing a yearly mammogram we would start doing them at an earlier age and alternating them with an MRI," said Dr. Cappuccino. "Beyond that, there is medication out there we can offer to women that decrease the incidence of breast cancer by about 50 percent."

You may also want to consider undergoing genetic testing. It is always best to consult with your doctor.