Angelina Jolie Undergoes Surgery After Cancer Scare
The actress reveals she's had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to prevent future risk...
Angelina Jolie has revealed she’s had further surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes after a cancer scare.
The Unbroken director underwent a double mastectomy in 2013 after finding out that she carries a gene which can increase her chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
Jolie has now disclosed during an article for The New York Times that last week, she had surgery to remove her ovaries, which has forced her into early menopause.
The 39-year old explained how she was told by her doctor that some of her inflammatory markers were elevated two weeks ago, which could indicate cancer in its early stages.
However, after further examinations and an ultrasound, it emerged that she was cancer free, but Jolie made the decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to prevent future risk.
Jolie wrote: “I lost my mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer. I wanted other women at risk to know about the options.
“The day of the results came. The PET/CT scan looked clear, and the tumour test was negative.”
She went on: “I was full of happiness, although the radioactive tracer meant I couldn't hug my children. There was still a chance of early stage cancer, but that was minor compared with a full-blown tumour.
“To my relief, I still had the option of removing my ovaries and fallopian tubes and I chose to do it."
The star continued: “Regardless of the hormone replacements I'm taking, I am 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."
Ange also confessed that she "broke down" during a meeting with her surgeon, who treated her mother for cancer and she had not seen them since her mum’s passing.