Angelina Jolie Reveals She Had Her Ovaries And Fallopian Tubes Removed In Latest 'New York Times' Op-Ed

In an op-ed for the New York Times published early Tuesday morning, Angelina Jolie revealed she removed her ovaries and fallopian tubes last week. The preventative surgery was related to the preventative double mastectomy she got back in 2013, an experience she also recounted in the Times. Jolie carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which significantly increases the chance of both breast and ovarian cancer. Carriers of the gene are urged to remove their ovaries and fallopian tubes in a subsequent surgery, but Jolie thought she had more time to make a decision.

Then two weeks ago, the actress received blood test results that indicated a possible early sign of cancer. She writes:

Jolie scheduled an ultrasound, PET/CT scan, and tumor test. Ultimately, the tests came back negative, but there was still a small chance of cancer, a disease to which she lost her mother, grandmother, and aunt. Jolie chose to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes, but decided to keep her uterus because uterine cancer wasn't present in her family history.

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The procedure "puts a woman into forced menopause," and Jolie revealed that she can no longer have biological children. But that was a small sacrifice for what she will gain.

Jolie's previous Times editorial prompted more women to get tested for the breast cancer gene, according to a Canadian study, dubbed the "Angelina Jolie Effect," published last September.

Read Jolie's powerful piece in its entirety here.

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