Actress Angelina Jolie Removes Ovaries, Fallopian Tubes
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.
She made the decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after a check-up two weeks ago.
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.”
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.
FREE OF TUMOUR
“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,” she 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.
“My doctors indicated I should have preventive surgery about a decade before the earliest onset of cancer in my female relatives.”
Jolie, who is married to actor Brad Pitt, has six children, three of whom are adopted.
The Oscar-winning Hollywood star added: “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.”
By Irene Mbacha
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