Angelina Jolie Has Ovaries & Fallopian Tubes Removed After Finding A Possible Sign Of Early Cancer

Are you feeling a little deja vu? Didn’t Angelina Jolie already have surgery to reduce her risk of getting breast cancer? Back in 2013, Angelina made headlines for electing to have a preventive double mastectomy to reduce her risk of getting breast cancer. Now, Angelina has also had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure.

In an op-ed called “Diary of a Surgery” for The New York Times published Tuesday, Angelina explained that she had the surgery last week because she carries a gene that gave her a 50 percent risk of developing ovarian cancer. The Unbroken director has lost her mother, grandmother and aunt to ovarian cancer.

“I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt,” she wrote in the piece. “I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren.”

Although Angelina tested negative for cancer, she made the decision to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes as the doctors advised her to have the preventive surgery about ten years before the disease affected her relatives. “My mother’s ovarian cancer was diagnosed when she was 49. I’m 39,” she said.

She confessed that she had been thinking about getting to surgery,a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, for a while, especially because it is a less complex surgery than the double mastectomy. She says husband Brad Pitt was with her through the tough decision making process.

“It is not possible to remove all risk, and the fact is I remain prone to cancer. I will look for natural ways to strengthen my immune system. I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say, ‘Mom died of ovarian cancer.’ Regardless of the hormone replacements I’m taking, I am now in menopause,” the star wrote. “I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared.”

She concluded, “It is not easy to make these decisions. But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue. You can seek advice, learn about the options and make choices that are right for you. Knowledge is power.”

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