(LATIMES) — Plaudits and praise again poured in for actress Angelina Jolie on Tuesday after she revealed for the second time in the New York Times that she had undergone elective surgery to reduce her cancer risk.
Jolie wrote in an essay that she had surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes last week, after a blood test indicated she might have early-stage ovarian cancer. Follow-up tests suggested it was a false alarm, Jolie said, but she decided to go forward with the surgery anyway. That decision means she has entered menopause and won’t be able to bear more children.
As Jolie first explained two years ago, she has inherited a version of the BRCA1 gene that puts her at heightened risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Her mother, grandmother and aunt all died of cancer.
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