Angelina Jolie Explains Why She Removed Her Ovaries And Fallopian Tubes


Angelina Jolie Pitt wrote an op-ed in today's edition of The New York Times, detailing her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.

Two years ago, Jolie Pitt had a double mastectomy in an attempt to prevent breast cancer. The removal of her ovaries is meant to avoid contracting ovarian cancer.

Jolie has a rare mutation in her BRCA1 gene which, prior to her surgeries, gave her an 87 percent chance of having breast cancer and a 50 percent chance of ovarian cancer. Jolie Pitt's mother, grandmother and aunt all died from cancer.

Thankfully, there are currently no signs of cancer in Jolie Pitt's body. However, the removal of her ovaries will force her into early menopause. She is only 39 years old.

Jolie wrote,

Jolie stressed surgery is not always the right course. It just happened to be the right move for her at this point in time. She also mentioned even though she has had these preventive surgeries, she still remains at risk.

Jolie continued,

The lesson here is be proactive in one's health and be vigilant when it comes to monitoring your body. Jolie Pitt ended her piece with this:

Citations: Angelina Jolie Pitt Diary of a Surgery (The New York Times)