Angelina Jolie will undergo more cancer surgery soon, this time to remove her ovaries to prevent ovarian cancer.
"There's still another surgery to have, which I haven't yet," Jolie told EW. "I'll get advice from all these wonderful people who I've been talking to, to get through that next stage."
In February 2013, Angelina underwent a preventive double mastectomy after genetic tests revealed she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, which gave her an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer and a 50 percent chance of contracting ovarian cancer.
As a result of her mastectomy, Angelina's breast-cancer risk has dropped to under 5%. Jolie's mother, aunt, uncle, grandmother and grandfather all died from cancer, forcing the Oscar winner to take the radical step of preemptively removing both her breasts.
Jolie is doing well now after the double mastectomy, but will remove her ovaries in the near future. The ovary-removal procedure, called an oophorectomy, will lower the risk of ovarian cancer by 80%-90% by reducing the amount of estrogen and progesterone circulating in the body.
Angelina revealed she got a preventive double mastectomy in a widely read May 2013 New York Times op-ed. Looking back, Jolie is happy she went public because it raised awareness of cancer prevention. Jolie said she's touched by all the people she meets who share their own cancer stories.
Wherever I go, usually I run into women and we talk about health issues, women’s issues, breast cancer, ovarian cancer. I’ve talked to men about their daughters’ and wives’ health.
It makes me feel closer to other people who deal with the same things and have either lost their parents or are considering surgeries or wondering about their children. I was very, very moved by all the support and kindness from so many people.”
Angelina, who has been a United Nations goodwill ambassador since 2001, discussed how her charity work has changed her outlook on life in Notes from My Travels.