Angelina Jolie Discusses Her Decision to Remove Her Ovaries in New York Times Op-Ed

March 24, 2015 12:47 PM

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About two years ago, Angelina Jolie wrote an op-ed in The New York Times explaining that she had recently underwent a preventative double mastectomy, to reduce her risk of cancer, after she found out she carries a BRCA1 gene mutation, increasing her chances of getting breast and ovarian cancer (Jolie’s mother, and two other women in her family, died of cancer). Tuesday morning, the Times published a second op-ed by Jolie, in which she detailed her recent choice to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, as a similar preventative measure (Jolie had written in the first op-ed that this was something she was considering). The decision to remove her ovaries was made after a series of recent tests revealed she could be in the early stages of ovarian cancer.

“I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt,” Jolie writes, describing her initial reaction to the test indicating she could have ovarian cancer. “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 ...

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