Almost two full years after penning a moving article about her decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy, Angelina Jolie has revealed details about further surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.
The 39-year-old Oscar winner writes once again in The New York Times that she's been planning this procedure for "some time," since first learning from a blood test that she had an 87 percent risk for breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. Because three women in her family have died from cancer, her mother included, Jolie felt surgery was her best available option to minimize cancer risk.
"There is more than one way to deal with any health issue," she writes. "The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally."
Beyond detailing the decision making process of why she chose this particular preventative measure, and the emotional journey to get to this point, Jolie also reveals the physical consequences of the surgery — including that she is now in menopause and cannot have any further children.
"It is not possible to remove all risk, and the fact is I remain prone to cancer," she writes. "I will look for natural ways to strengthen my immune system. I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say, 'Mom died of ovarian cancer.'"
Read Jolie's story in her own words for the full details.