Angelina Jolie told Entertainment Weekly that she will go under the knife again, less than one year after going through a preventative double mastectomy. In the interview, the actress revealed that her mission to battle with cancer is not over and next on the list is to have her ovaries removed. After losing her mother and aunt to ovarian and breast cancer, she decided to test her genes. After the results came out positive for the breast-cancer-related BRCA1 gene, the Maleficent star decided to take the matter into her own hands.
Angelina Jolie has planned to go under the knife again, this time to have her ovaries removed. The quest to not let the faulty genes rob her six children of their mother determined the actress to have cancer prevention surgeries. As a result, in May 2013 she went through a double mastectomy and now she aims at diminishing her chances of developing ovarian cancer. The 87 percent chance of contracting breast cancer because of her genetic history sent Jolie in the operating room, but, as she confessed to Entertainment Weekly for their March issue, “there’s still another surgery to have,” which she has not done yet, namely to remove her ovaries and decrease her 50 percent risk of developing the type of cancer that put at end to her mother’s life.
Oophorectomy on the List
She admitted that, in order to go under the knife again, she would have to talk to professionals and gather as much information as possible, but Angelina Jolie is set to battle with cancer and not deprive her children of their mother. The Maleficent star is preparing for yet another surgery called oophorectomy, which means her ovaries will be surgically removed.
Professor Hani Gabra, director of the Ovarian Cancer Action Research Centre at Imperial College stated that both ovarian and breast cancer can be removed through preventative surgery, especially for women who have been tested positive for BRCA1/2 gene mutation. However, he also mentioned that there are certain risks which walk hand in hand with the medical procedures. One of the most important disadvantages is that women like Jolie who wish to have such a surgery lose fertility “and go through the menopause, which will be more sudden than going through it naturally.” At the same time, there is also the risk of developing osteoporosis, along with other conditions.
Professor Gabra added that by removing both ovaries and fallopian tubes, the chance of developing ovarian cancer will be significantly diminished.
“My Medical Choice”
Last year, Angelina Jolie publicly admitted that she went under the knife in order to reduce her chances of developing breast cancer by means of an open letter published in The New York Times. She expressed her decision “to be proactive and to minimize this risk” as much as she could and, after undergoing double mastectomy, the risk dropped to 5 percent.
She admitted that she chose to tell her story “because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer.” The article entitled My Medical Choice told the story of how her mother’s loss, the 87 percent chances of contracting breast cancer and 50 percent chances of developing ovarian cancer determined her to go through prevention surgeries. Less than one year after the double mastectomy, Angelina Jolie announced that she is ready to go under the knife again and minimize the chances of having to battle with ovarian cancer.
By Gabriela Motroc