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24 Mar 2015 11:55
Angelina Jolie lost her mom, aunt and grandmother to cancer. (Reuters)
Oscar-winning film star Angelina Jolie said she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to avoid the risk of ovarian cancer,
that killed her mother at the age of 56.
announcement in a New York Times
column printed on March 24 came nearly two years after the rights campaigner
and mother-of-six had a double mastectomy
after hearing she had also inherited a high risk of breast cancer.
said she had gone public with her decision to tell other women about the
options available to them.
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,’”
procedure had triggered menopause, she added.
“I will not be able to have
any more children, and I expect some physical changes.
also lost her aunt and grandmother to cancer,
underwent the laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy last week after
blood tests revealed possible indicators of early cancer.
doctors had told her she had a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer
due to an inherited genetic mutation.
Husband Brad Pitt
flew to her side from France
hours after she told him about the test, she wrote. “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 polarising, and it is peaceful,” she
won an Oscar
as best supporting actress in the 1999 film Girl, Interrupted based her earlier decision to undergo a double mastectomy
on news that she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer.
announcement of that decision in a New York Times
op-ed in May 2013 was widely lauded by celebrities, cancer
survivors and medical professionals for its openness.
She wrote in a March 24 article titled, Diary of a Surgery, that no signs of cancer
were discovered in removed tissue and that she had has a progesterone IUD
inserted to help maintain hormonal balance and help prevent uterine cancer.
not possible to remove all risk, and the fact is I remain prone to cancer,”
The U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention says about 20,000 women get
ovarian cancer and about 14,500 die from it every year in the United States.
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