Angelina Jolie has revealed that she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to reduce her risk of developing cancer.
The actress has an inherited BRCA1 gene mutation which gave her a 50% risk of ovarian cancer and 87% risk of breast cancer. In 2013, she announced that she had had a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer.
Katherine Woods, Senior Research Communications Manager at Breast Cancer Campaign, says:
"Angelina’s continued openness about her experience of inheriting a BRCA1 mutation and her decisions to have a mastectomy, and now have her ovaries removed, has been crucial in raising awareness of the genetic risks of breast and ovarian cancer. We know that her initial article about having a double mastectomy likely led to the documented increase in the number of women in the UK being referred for genetic testing in 2014, and we hope that the news today will remind people that a family history of breast and ovarian cancer is something they should discuss with their GP if they have concerns."
"Deciding whether to have risk-reducing surgery is an incredibly difficult choice for women like Angelina. We know that this surgery can save lives, but through our pioneering research we are committed to improving the options available to women to reduce their risk of breast cancer."