Angelina Jolie has ovaries and fallopian tubes removed

Angelina Jolie has ovaries and fallopian tubes removed

Angelina Jolie has ovaries and fallopian tubes removed

Written by Bella Dalima

24 Mar, 2015 | 3:25 pm

Actress Angelina Jolie has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure against cancer.

Writing in the New York Times, Jolie said she had the surgery last week as she carries a gene that gave her a 50% risk 
of developing ovarian cancer.

Two years ago, Jolie, whose mother died from cancer, had a double mastectomy.

"It is not easy to make these decisions," she said. "But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue."

Jolie, who is married to Hollywood actor Brad Pitt, elected to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes 
removed after a check-up two weeks ago.

In the article, titled Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery, she said a blood test revealed "a number"
 of elevated inflammatory markers that could be a sign of early cancer, and was told to see a surgeon immediately.

"I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. 
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," Jolie wrote.

"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."

Further tests revealed Jolie was free of a tumour, but elected to have her ovaries removed after consulting doctors.
Her mother, grandmother and aunt all died of the disease.

Angelina Jolie carries a 'faulty' gene, called BRCA1, which sharply increases her risk of developing
breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Her doctors estimated she had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer in her lifetime 
unless she underwent surgery

In 2013, the award-winning actress had both breasts removed to cut her risk of breast cancer

And now two years later, she has had both ovaries and fallopian tubes removed

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