The actress is believed to be undergoing a second preventative operation to wade off her risk of cancer
Angelina Jolie won’t bow down to the battle against cancer as she reportedly plans a second preventative operation to have her ovaries removed. The Oscar-winner carries the mutated gene, BRCA1 giving her a 50 per cent chance of developing ovarian cancer.
The news comes just two days after Angelina Jolie bravely revealed in an article in the New York Times that she’d had a double mastectomy. She made this tough choice after discovering she had a 87 per cent risk of developing breast cancer.
According to People magazine the mother-of-six’s next step is to remove her ovaries – medical experts often advise this procedure for patients who carry the ‘faulty’ gene and have finished having children or are over 40.
There is as yet no official word from Angelina whether she will undergo a second operation but according Dr. Sharyn Lewin, a gynecological oncologist it is a ‘minimally invasive outpatient procedure.’ However the removal of the ovaries can trigger ‘surgical menopause’ and with it hot flushes and bone loss.
After all she’s gone through we hope Angelina Jolie makes the right decision for her and takes some time off to be with her partner, Brad Pitt and their children.
What do you think? Have you had your ovaries removed as a preventative measure? Have you had both your breasts and ovaries removed? Share your experiences with other Marie Claire readers below.
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