Angelina Jolie underwent an elective medical procedure to minimize her risk of developing cancer by having doctors remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Jolie detailed her reasoning for undergoing the elective medical procedure to a media outlet saying she had an 87% predisposed chance of developing breast cancer and a 50% chance of ovarian cancer, because she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation. The actress had an elective double mastectomy 2 years ago.



Doctors performed the removal procedure last week saying they had found no signs of cancer in her tissues. Jolie commented on the fact that she has to live with the possibility of cancer but adds, “I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family.  l know my children will never have to say, ‘Mom died of ovarian cancer.'”

Jolie was thrust into menopause as a direct result of the surgery. She is now unable to have any more children.