Two years ago, actress Angelina Jolie had her breasts surgically removed after she found out she was carrying a genetic mutation that greatly increased her risk of potentially fatal breast cancer. In the op-ed piece, Jolie explains that the mutation in the BRCA1 gene gave her an estimated 87 per cent risk of breast cancer and 50 per cent risk of ovarian cancer. Two weeks ago, she got a call from her doctor with results from a recent blood test, and the doctor told her that the test showed markers that could be a sign of early cancer.

To reduce her risks of getting cancer, who lost her mother, grandmother and aunt to the disease, Angelina Jolie has undergone surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.The 39-year-old Angelina Jolie published a lengthy opinion piece, titled Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary Of A Surgery in the New York Times on Monday explaining her decision. With her ovaries and fallopian tubes now gone, the mother-of-six has entered early menopause and will not be able to have any more children, she writes in her candid, deeply personal essay.

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Angelina Jolie has ovaries removed after doctor detects possible sign of early cancer.

According to Jolie, a call from her doctor two weeks ago made the procedure more urgent, because she had been planning to undergo surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes for a while now. The blood test result detected potential anomalies linked to the protein CA-125, which is used to monitor ovarian cancer, Jolie’s doctor told her, urging the actress to see her surgeon, who also had treated her late mother.

I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt“,she writes. “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“.

Angelina Jolie has faced difficult decisions knowing what battles may be ahead genetically and made the best choice for her and her family. Good thing she had this blood test, and she acted quickly, as we all should. Also, it’s great to have the money to choose to have these procedures. Many people ignore this, and choose to hope that it’s nothing to be alarmed about especially if they don’t enough money.

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