Angelina Jolie Has Ovaries, Fallopian Tubes Removed To Prevent Cancer Risk

(FOX 11 / AP) Angelina Jolie says she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to prevent cancer.

The actress and filmmaker made the announcement Tuesday in an op-ed in The New York Times. She says a blood test showed a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, which gave her an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. She had a double mastectomy in 2013.

Jolie says she had the procedure done last week. She still has her uterus, adding that uterine cancer does not run in her family. Her grandmother, mother and aunt died of cancer.

She says she will look for ways to strengthen her immune system to prevent cancers.

Her husband, Brad Pitt, was in France and was flying to the U.S.

From Sandra Endo:

Angelina Jolie reveals she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, and is now in menopause.

The 39-year old Oscar winner made the revelation in an op-ed published in the New York Times.

She says she made the decision have the surgery after a check-up two weeks ago where doctors found a small benign tumor on one ovary.

Jolie carries a gene that gives her a fifty-percent chance of developing ovarian cancer. Something her mother died of at age 56.

Jolie decided not to take any chances... And to go ahead with the preventative procedure last week.

In the op ed she says, "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. I called my husband in France, who was on a plane within hours."

Jolie has six children with Brad Pitt, three of whom are adopted

Despite the surgery, Jolie says she still remains prone cancer but she will look for natural ways to strengthen her immune system.

She says she feels feminine and grounded in her choices saying, "I know my children will never have to say, mom died of ovarian cancer."

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