Angelina Jolie Now Has Plans to Remove Her Ovaries
Angelina Jolie, who on Tuesday revealed she had a preventative double mastectomy in February, reportedly has plans to undergo surgery to remove her ovaries after doctors discovered she had a faulty BRCA1 gene that puts her at high risk of developing cancer, sources tell PEOPLE.
Jolie first wrote about her cancer scare in an emotional column published early Tuesday morning in The New York Times.
“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy,” Jolie, 37, wrote. “But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”
Her decision was supported by her fiance, Brad Pitt, who subsequently told London’s Evening Standard:
Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic. I thank our medical team for their care and focus. All I want for is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family.
PEOPLE adds that because of the faulty BRCA1 gene, Jolie now has a 50 percent risk of developing ovarian cancer, the same disease that took the life of Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, in 2007.
Further details about Jolie’s surgery plans were not revealed.