“This surgery decision is more straightforward than the decision to have the breasts removed”, the Hollywood’s ‘WANTED’ actress wrote in an op-ed in the New York Times.
“It is not easy to make these decisions,” the movie director and philanthropist, who is the wife of actor Brad Pitt and the mother of six children, Angelina Jolie writes.
Angelina Jolie Ovaries
“I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt,” Jolie wrote. “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.”
“I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family,” said Angelina Jolie, who travels the globe as a United Nations ambassador for refugees. “I know my children will never have to say, ‘Mom died of ovarian cancer.'”
According to The Guardian, her New York Times column encourages more women to have genetic testing for the disease and possibly the same surgery.
They are right! Follwing this encouragement, Kelly Osbourne has now revealed that, much like Angelina Jolie, she too has the ‘cancer gene’ and plans on taking the preventive surgery route also, Britsh tabloid Daily Mail reported.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly recommend that women with BRCA1 mutations have their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed by age 40, and those with BRCA2 mutations by age 45.
“My hat is off to her,” said Dr. Robert DeBernardo, a gynecologic oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Institute. “She is doing a lot of good for women worldwide by raising awareness of BRCA testing and options women have.”