In a recent Op-Ed ran in New York Times, Angelina Jolie Pitt spoke boldly about her health choices and about how she hoped to share the same information to other women like her who have great risk of cancer.
Jolie-Pitt has been revealed to have an 87-percent chance of contracting breast cancer and a 50-percent chance of getting ovarian cancer.
“I wanted other women at risk to know about the options. I promised to follow up with any information that could be useful, including about my next preventive surgery, the removal of my ovaries and Fallopian tubes,” Jolie-Pitt wrote.
Higher Risk than Others
She said she chose to undergo laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy because she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation, putting her at a higher risk of cancer compared to other women.
The procedure will remove her ovaries and Fallopian tubes, rendering her with an advanced menopause.
She was aware of the effects, but she said she had readied herself for such.
She has a progesterone IUD inserted in her uterus to balance out her hormones and prevent uterine 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.”
She ends by saying women should always seek learned advice and make powerful choices about what is right for them.
“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,” she concludes.