After bravely sharing how she got a preventative double mastectomy, Angelina revealed in a new interview that her mission to ward off cancer is far from over — and the next step is to have her ovaries removed.
Angelina Jolie is once again bravely speaking out about her quest to stay healthy, despite the genetic odds being against her. In May 2013, Angie revealed that she had double mastectomy surgery to prevent breast cancer — a disease she had an 87 percent chance of contracting because of her genetic history — and now she’s hinted at her plans to go under the knife again to reduce her 50 percent risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Angelina Jolie: Planning To Have Ovarian Surgery?
“There’s still another surgery to have, which I haven’t yet,” the Maleficent star told Entertainment Weekly in their Mar. 14 issue. “I’ll, you know, I’ll get advice from all these wonderful people who’ve I’ve been talking to, to get through the next stage.”
After having a double mastectomy in 2013, that next stage would likely be to have an oophorectomy, a.k.a. ovary removal surgery. The procedure would combat Angelina’s 50 percent risk (the number varies based on the individual) of developing ovarian cancer, the disease her mother, Marchelina Bertrand, died from at the relatively young age of 56. Angelina’s risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer was and is so high because she inherited the “faulty gene” known as BRCA1 from her mother and ancestors.
Angelina Jolie ‘Closer To Other Women’ After Mastectomy Announcement
But despite the fact that Angelina’s quest towards a healthy, safe life isn’t nearly over, the actress said she couldn’t feel more better. And her positive outlook is largely due to the immense support she’s received since revealing her double mastectomy in that May 2013 New York Times op-ed piece.
“I’m great!… I’m very happy I made the decision,” Angelina told EW. She continued:
I feel very, very close—much closer—to other women, and women who are going through the same thing. Wherever I go, usually I run into women and we talk about health issues, women’s issues, breast cancer, ovarian cancer. I’ve talked to men about their daughters’ and wives’ health. It makes me feel closer to other people who deal with the same things and have either lost their parents or are considering surgeries or wondering about their children…The reason that I wrote it was to try to communicate and help and connect with other women and other families going through the same thing. And…I was very, very moved by all the support and kindness from so many people.
So brave and so inspiring — and we applaud Angelina for continuing on her difficult but important journey. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
— Andrew Gruttadaro