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Angelina Jolie has ovaries and fallopian tubes removed


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.
The couple have six children
Angelina Jolie carries a ‘faulty’ gene, called BRCA1, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
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
These preventive steps greatly decrease her lifetime risk of cancer
But the surgery does not completely guarantee that cancer will not develop – it is impossible to remove all of the at-risk tissue
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.”

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