‘I will not be able to have any more children’ - Angelina Jolie has ovaries removed after possible signs of cancer
ACTRESS Angelina Jolie has announced that she has had her ovaries removed, two years after having a preventative mastectomy.
The actress - who lost her mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer – got a call off her doctor two weeks ago after irregularities in a blood test.
Writing for the New York Times, the actress says the tests had markers which could have suggested the early signs of cancer.
"I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt.
"I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn't live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren."
The 39-year-old star said the episode gave her ‘clarity’ in her life.
"The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing, and it is peaceful."Brad Pitt: Angelina's decision to undergo a double mastectomy is 'absolutely heroic'
Jolie then went to see the same surgeon who treated her mother Marcheline, who died of the disease in 2007.
“She teared up when she saw me: 'You look just like her’. I broke down."
Further tests revealed that there was no cancer present in her body, however the warning signs were there.
“There was still a chance of early stage cancer, but that was minor compared with a full-blown tumor. To my relief, I still had the option of removing my ovaries and fallopian tubes and I chose to do it."
The procedure means that Jolie has been forced into menopause.
Her mother was diagnosed with cancer at 49 – Jolie said in the piece she was always considering undergoing the surgery in the next decade.
"Regardless of the hormone replacements I'm taking, I am now in menopause," she said.
"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."