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Two years ago, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy as a preventive measure to help minimize her chances of developing the cancer that killer her mother after discovering she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation. Now, Jolie has revealed in an open diary published in the New York Times that she has recently undergone surgery to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.
The brave star revealed she faced a tough decision on whether to have the additional surgery.
Jolie wrote in The New York Times, "I had been planning this for some time. It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause. So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. But I felt I still had months to make the date."
However, a recent blood test revealed that early stages of ovarian cancer had been detected, meaning that Jolie decided to have the surgery sooner rather than later.
Talking about her initial reaction to the news, Jolie wrote, "I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn't live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren."
The news means that Brad and Angelina won't be able to biologically add to their brood. The couple already share six children together; Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 8, and 6-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
Jolie has the BRCA1 gene which gives her an estimated 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer and a 50 percent risk developing of ovarian cancer. Jolie has sadly lost her mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.
The actress 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."