Angelina Jolie has written a piece in The New York Times revealing she has had both her ovaries removed.
The mother-of-six made the decision to have surgery after being told she carries a gene that means she’s at increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. Her mother also passed away from ovarian cancer aged 56.
The news comes two years after the Unbroken director had a double mastectomy due to her family history with breast cancer.
‘It is not easy to make these decisions’, the 39-year-old wrote in the newspaper. ‘But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue.’
After much research and talks with doctors, Angelina wrote that blood tests two weeks ago showing she had mild levels of inflammation in her ovaries pushed her to make the decision.
‘There was still a chance of early stage cancer, but that was minor compared with a full-blown tumour,’ she wrote. ‘To my relief, I still had the option of removing my ovaries and fallopian tubes and I chose to do it.’
‘I did not do this solely because I carry the BRCA1 gene mutation, and I want other women to hear this’, she continued, making it clear it’s not going to be the choice for everyone.
‘A positive BRCA test does not mean a leap to surgery… 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.’
Following her surgery, the Hollywood A-lister admits she is now in menopause.
‘I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared.’
Hubby Brad Pitt, like before, has been nothing but supportive, flying home from filming in France as soon as she called him. ‘I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive’, she’s previously said.
The couple, who married in 2014, have six children.