Angelina Jolie Had Ovaries Removed – No More Children for Her and Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. The actress took to the New York Times to explain why she had the preventive surgery.
Jolie had her breasts removed in 2013, after taking the BRCA blood test and learning she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer. She explained she had also learned she had a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer. Having lost her mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer, Jolie has decided to face the disease head on and possibly avoid getting cancer altogether.
The beautiful actress received a scare before she had the surgery, revealing a recent blood test came out normal, but there were a number of inflammatory markers that were elevated, and that could sometimes indicate an early sign of cancer.
Jolie was clear that when making the decision she did not do it based solely on the BRCA1 gene mutation, saying:
“A positive BRCA test does not mean a leap to surgery. I have spoken to many doctors, surgeons and naturopaths. There are other options. Some women take birth control pills or rely on alternative medicines combined with frequent checks. There is more than one way to deal with any health issue. The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally.
In my case, the Eastern and Western doctors I met agreed that surgery to remove my tubes and ovaries was the best option, because on top of the BRCA gene, three women in my family have died from cancer. My doctors indicated I should have preventive surgery about a decade before the earliest onset of cancer in my female relatives. My mother’s ovarian cancer was diagnosed when she was 49. I’m 39.”
They did find a small benign tumor on her ovary, upon the removal, but there was no cancer.
As a result of the surgery, Jolie and her husband, Brad Pitt will no longer be able to have children.
Jolie explained there are alternatives to having both the ovaries and fallopian tubes removed and urged women to look into all of their options. The choice she made was not taken lightly and was the way she chose to handle her situation.
She closed her Op Ed by saying, ‘Knowledge is power.’
What do you think about Angelina Jolie’s decision?