American movie star, Angelina Jolie Pitt has revealed that she removed her ovaries and fallopian tubes due to a cancer scare.
Mrs Pitt who disclosed that she is now in menopause in an opinion piece for the New York Times, said that she made the decision to go under the knife after receiving a call from her medical doctor informing her of what appeared to be a sign of early stages of cancer judging from a blood test she carried out. Even though she was subsequently diagnosed as cancer free, Angelina went on with the surgery. Her fears stemmed from her medical examination which, according to her, revealed that “there was a small benign tumor on one ovary, but no signs of cancer in any of the tissues.”
The ‘Maleficient’ star said, “I chose to keep my uterus because cancer in that location is not part of my family history. It is not possible to remove all risk, and the fact is I remain prone to cancer. 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.
“Regardless of the hormone replacements I’m taking, I am now in menopause. I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared.
“I feel deeply for women for whom this moment comes very early in life, before they have had their children. Their situation is far harder than mine. I inquired and found out that there are options for women to remove their fallopian tubes but keep their ovaries, and so retain the ability to bear children and not go into menopause. I hope they can be aware of that.
It is not easy to make these decisions. But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue. You can seek advice, learn about the options and make choices that are right for you. Knowledge is power.”
The 39-year-old actress and movie director has already undergone a double mastectomy in the past which has now been followed with the removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes. She will be unable to have any biological children from now on.