Angelina Jolie done another surgery to get rid of the cancer threat revolving around her family.
Recently she revealed that she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to prevent her from developing ovarian cancer, the illness that killed her mother at the age of 56.
Two years ago, Jolie had a double mastectomy ( breast removal ) because she had inherited the faulty BRCA1 gene, which placed her at high risk of developing breast cancer, and also gave her an elevated lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer.
At the time she flagged that she may undergo more surgery, but she wrote in the Newyork Times that she still believed she had some time before going down that route.
A recent test done on her to monitor for ovarian cancer had revealed a number of elevated inflammatory markers, which together could be a sign of early cancer, and this made her to see her surgeon .
But her PET/CT scan looked clear and the tumour test was negative, there was still a chance of early stage cancer, she said.“I still had the option of removing my ovaries and fallopian tubes and I chose to do it,” Jolie wrote.
“Regardless of the hormone replacements I’m taking, I am now in menopause. I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared.”
Early detection and treatment of ovarian cancer is rare because it is a cancer that can quickly dislodge from the fallopian tube or ovary surface and spread, making it much harder to treat and highly fatal.
In Jolie’s case, surgery revealed a small benign tumour on one ovary but no signs of cancer in any of the tissues.