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2015-03-25 12:34

Cape Town –Angelina Jolie announced earlier this week that she underwent an emergency procedure to remove her fallopian tubes and ovaries after a cancer scare.

Following her announcement, Mail Online reports Kelly Osbourne plans to choose the preventive route as well, due to being a carrier of the "cancer gene".

While discussing Angelina’s brave decision to have the surgery on talk show The View, Kelly acknowledged that she too has the "cancer gene" after being tested for it when her mother, Sharon Osbourne found out she has it.

"I actually do have the cancer gene...

"I agree with this 100 percent. I know that one day I will eventually have to do it too because if I have children, I want to be there to bring them up. I want to be there to support them in every way I can."

She went on to praise Angelina for sharing her story and for raising awareness of the cancer gene.

"It's something I applaud Angelina for because she's bringing attention to this, and people are now going to go out and get tested for it."

Angelina's oncologist Dr. Kristin Funk revealed Angelina had been planning to remove her ovaries for 2 years.

It was then agreed Angelina would have both ovaries and her fallopian tubes removed last week after recent tests revealed markers she could be in the early stages of the disease.

Dr Funk, from the Pink Lotus Breast Centre in California, told Entertainment Tonight: "We had strategised about a way to manage the ovaries with surveillance until she felt it was appropriate in her life to remove them."

Dr Funk believes the openness of the Tomb Raider star - whose mother, grandmother and aunt died of cancer - will encourage other celebrities to be open about genetic risk and cancer prevention.

Following Kelly Osbourne's revelation that she too carried the BRCA1 gene, Dr Funk said: "I think more celebrities and well-known women might find the coming out less daunting now that Angelina has taken away the initial shock and stigma with this revelation.

"I think you'll find more celebrities coming out about it. Hopefully they'll be motivated to take away the stigma, fear and lack of education."


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