Angelina Jolie Will Undergo Surgery to Remove Her Ovaries
The mother of six will also have her ovaries removed in another procedure.
Jolie’s February double-mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in April came after she discovered she had the “faulty” BRCA1 gene, which upped her risk of breast cancer to 87 percent an ovarian cancer to 50 percent. The mastectomy dropped her breast cancer risk to roughly 5 percent.
PEOPLE reports that the Oscar-winning actress, whose mother died of ovarian cancer at 56, will remove her own ovaries next. Doctors recommend at-risk women remove their ovaries when they are done having children or by the time they turn 40 years old. That means Jolie and partner Brad Pitt likely won’t add any more biological children to their diverse, expansive and beautiful brood.
Though Jolie, 37, underwent numerous clandestine procedures over three months, sources told the mag that her kids didn’t realize anything was up.
“The kids always come first to her,” an insider said, noting that Jolie and Pitt kept up normal family traditions during that time. “[For them], life was normal.”