Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie has revealed she underwent a second preventative cancer surgery — this time removing her fallopian tubes and ovaries — in a second op-ed in the New York Times.
Jolie underwent the surgery because she carries a gene that gave her a 50% risk of developing ovarian cancer. “It is not easy to make these decisions, but it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue.”;
The 39-year-old actress elected to speed up her surgery after a check-up two weeks ago when her doctor told her that her latest blood test revealed “a number”; of elevated inflammatory markers that could be a sign of early cancer and recommended she see a surgeon immediately.
“I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt,”; writes Jolie. “I told myself to stay calm, to be strong and that I had no reason to think that I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and meet my grandchildren.”;
“I called my husband in France, who was on a plane within hours. The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity,”; she continues. “You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing and it is peaceful.”;
After consulting doctors, Jolie elected to have her ovaries removed even though further tests revealed she was free of a tumor.
“My doctors indicated I should have preventative surgery about a decade before the earliest onset of cancer in my female relatives,”; wrote Jolie.
“My mother’s ovarian cancer was diagnosed when she was 49. I’m 39.”;
Writing about the procedure, Jolie compares her recent surgery to her double mastectomy two years ago saying, “It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts women into forced menopause.”;
“I know my children will never have to say: “Mom died of ovarian cancer.'”;