Angelia Jolie has announced today in an article she wrote for The New York Times that she has had preventative surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes, two years after having a preventative double mastectomy.
Angelina Jolie has undergone preventative surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.
The actress’s decision comes just two years after she underwent a preventative double mastectomy, inspiring a debate on women’s health and genetic testing.
The UN Ambassador, 39, said she made the choice because she carries the BRAC1 gene. This means she has a 50 per cent risk of developing ovarian cancer – the same disease that killed her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, in 2007. She was 56.
“Last week, I had the procedure: a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. There was a small benign tumor on one ovary, but no signs of cancer in any of the tissues,” she wrote in a piece for the New York Times.
“It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe.” “It puts a woman into forced menopause. So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. But I felt I still had months to make the date.”
After a series of blood tests, and consultations with doctors, her mind was made up.
“I called my husband in France, who was on a plane within hours. The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing, and it is peaceful.