Angelina Jolie has ovaries, fallopian tubes removed

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Actress and director Angelina Jolie-Pitt is sharing more about her life than what you see on the big screen.Jolie-Pitt announced Tuesday in an op-ed in The New York Times that she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to prevent cancer.She says a blood test showed a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, which gave her an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. She had a double mastectomy in 2013.Jolie-Pitt says she had the procedure done last week. She still has her uterus, adding that uterine cancer does not run in her family. Her grandmother, mother and aunt died of cancer.

Dr. Lee Shulman says when Angelina Jolie-Pitt speaks-- people listen.

Her talk in recent years about breast cancer prevention and risk reduction got the public's attention. He says it even increased the number of patients at his practice-- the NW Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program.

Dr. Shulman says 90-95% of ovarian cancers occur in women without a family history or genetic risk.

Not the case for the actress. One in 500 test positive for the BRCA gene mutation-- and she was one of them.

Her choices made, according to the article-- with her doctor's guidance and her particular circumstances considered. Surgery-- not the only option, Shulman says, but perhaps the right one for Angelina Jolie-Pitt.

The scary part about ovarian cancer is: it's often thought of as a killer-- that's because 80% of cases are detected in a late stage.

Dr. Shulman says he sees women like Angelina Jolie-Pitt 8-10 times a week. It’s what they do with their information in testing and treatment that separate the women one from the other statistically.

Jolie-Pitt says she will look for ways to strengthen her immune system to prevent cancers.

Her husband, Brad Pitt, was in France and was flying to the U.S.


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