Angelina Jolie to have ovaries removed

2013-05-15 15:27
Los Angeles - It has been reported that Angelina Jolie plans to go ahead with surgery to remove her ovaries.

According to People magazine, the UN ambassador and Oscar winner is planning to go under the knife yet again to remove her ovaries after learning that she faces a 50% chance of contracting ovarian cancer.

The actress has been making headlines around the world for voluntarily undergoing a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of contracting breast cancer later in life, but it seems that the mother-of-six isn't finished yet.

Though the 37-year-old mother of six will have to wait a few years to have this done.

Can trigger early menopause

Doctors recommend that patients only undergo this kind of surgery after the age of 40, or once a woman has finished having children and warns that it can trigger early menopause.

Angelina revealed in a New York Times op-ed piece entitled "My Medical Choice" that she had both her breasts removed to reduce her chances of breast cancer after doctors discovered she carried the "faulty" BRCA1 gene.

Angelina wrote: "My doctors estimated that I had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman."

Angelina now only has a 5% chance of developing breast cancer and she admitted her and fiancé Brad Pitt's six kids - Maddox, 11, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, six, and four-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - were a big motivation for her to have the surgery because she wants to see them all grow up

The Salt actress lost her mother Marcheline Bertrand to ovarian cancer in 2007 and so decided to undergo the surgery, despite being healthy.

Angelina's surgeon confirmed that tests showed the tissue removed from her breasts was benign.


  • Richard - 2013-05-15 15:40

    Good grief why does she not just go to the butcher and have herself cut up.

      Punungwe - 2013-05-15 16:14

      She should stop driving too because she could die in an accident!

      Regte Boer - 2013-05-15 16:42

      Remove the brain too as it develop tumors... She clearly is not the brightest bulb in the house. You remove the stuff when they get affected not as a precaution. Cancer can basically develop in any organ so do you now remove all organs as a precaution?

      Sarie Van Vuuren - 2013-05-15 16:43

      oh my word Richard you do not have a idea what she must go through now so please stop for moment and think if it was you wife....that have to decide if she must do the operation to be with you and the kids or not see them grow up.....

      Richard Scully - 2013-05-15 17:50

      There must be cancer and its being removed from the mind

      Tania Steyn - 2013-05-15 21:50

      Regte Boer: the Mammaries and Ovaries are not general tissue. Your ignorance is showing. Time for you to go for a prostate check.

  • Nicholas De Villiers - 2013-05-15 15:45

    everything is at risk of cancer, remove it all

      Punungwe - 2013-05-15 16:15

      Why doesn't someone tell her that she is at risk of brain cancer.............

      Richard Scully - 2013-05-15 17:51

      She is at risk of brain if she doesn't do what she's doing

      Jupiter Punungwe - 2013-05-15 21:32

      @Richard, she should have the brain removed too.

  • Marie-Louise Geyser - 2013-05-15 15:53

    Liver and kidneys next???

  • Tebogo Nke - 2013-05-15 15:59

    Ok now,please tell us whenshe's going to have her brain removed too for brain cancer

      Franziska Sukow - 2013-05-15 16:22

      No risk for that, apparently.

  • Brandon Conroy - 2013-05-15 15:59

    I feel a headache coming on, someone pass me a cleaver!

      Sue Heymans - 2013-05-15 16:45


  • Kelvyn Davidson - 2013-05-15 16:03

    She should be institutionalised, nobody who is not diagnosed of an ailment should be allowed to remove just incase, there is a disease called body morphication , people believe they should remove a limb, this is illegal as should be her antics , she is coo coo

  • Tommie Dyzel - 2013-05-15 16:05

    If she supplement with Selenium she will have less than 1% risk. Stupid choice. Stupid medical advice.

  • Tim Norris - 2013-05-15 16:06

    Has she just hired a new PR agency, perhaps the same one as is used by the ever present, utterly dull Robert and Kirsten duo of nothingness. This sudden upsurge in PR has something behind it, as all these stories should have been combined into one. One woould have been interested, 5-10 a day becomes puerile drivel.

  • Anthony Karandis - 2013-05-15 16:14

    correct me if i am wrong, but cancer cells are ever present in the body, they regenerate every so often but they are almost constantly there, and just like any other cell in the body, they adapt to change. Now if your immune system is weakened and the overflow of cancer cells is rife in your body, AND you have a "defective gene". How is removing a body part in anyway gonna stop cancer of anysort forming in your later years??? You cannot remove a dna strand from a body, surely you should know this!!!

  • Du Toit Coetzee - 2013-05-15 16:21

    Ok. News24. Just is now enough. We all know, from your previous report, that she removed her breasts and will now remove other "parts" as well. Now stop it. That is enough. Irrelevant of what People mag. says. Respect her dignity now and drop the story. Thank you!

  • Bruce Gauld - 2013-05-15 16:24

    Do we really need to hear every little bit of information about this women?? What is it that's sooo important? Really.

  • Mordikaai Speak - 2013-05-15 16:24

    What some will do for longevity

  • Andrea Yeld - 2013-05-15 16:25

    What about skin cancer hows she going to solve that one?

      Sue Heymans - 2013-05-15 16:47


  • Ann Padoa - 2013-05-15 16:26

    Oh, for goodness sake, why does'nt she just have everything removed. She's such an attention seeker.

      Carmen Joubert - 2013-05-15 16:53

      Wow! You guys are seriously harsh and judgemental. She's extremely brave to have the procedure done and even more so to tell her story, knowing what close minded people are out there. She is letting other women know that this is an empowering choice they can make. They don't have to die a horrible death due to breast cancer. I for one dont know if I would have the guts to do what she's done, the operations or speaking about it. She is in the public eye and she uses her fame to raise awareness around extremely important issues.

      Ann Padoa - 2013-05-15 17:23

      @Carmen, everybody to their own.

      Tania Steyn - 2013-05-15 21:56

      I would like to see you remove your breasts for attention. Silly woman. You can remove your breasts as a precaution, or your ovaries. Jealous much?

  • Denelene Sederstroom - 2013-05-15 16:44

    Angelina just ask michael jackson.U dont play games with God.

      Carmen Joubert - 2013-05-15 17:02

      Hate to burst your bubble but MJ is dead. And what she is doing is not for cosmetic reasons. Anything but! God gave us free will, brains, the ability to test for these genes and then prevent horrific suffering. So tell us again what that has to do with any of this?

  • Martin Brink - 2013-05-15 16:45

    1933 noble prize winner proved cancer can be beaten simply by changing body from acidic to alkaline. What a waste of a God provided body and brain!

      Carmen Joubert - 2013-05-15 17:00

      Martin, i truly hope you never have to experience the horror of cancer but hey if you do at least you know how to cure it right?

  • Gugulethu Lupuwana - 2013-05-15 16:45

    next she will remove her cervix even if we have the HPV vaccine. Attention-seeking at its best.

  • Sabata Igwe Cecil - 2013-05-15 16:52

    I pity her 'cause she likes kids. She has to adopt,again!

  • Monique Carroll - 2013-05-15 16:53

    To all the nay-sayers out there. Please do yourself a favour and go interact with someone who has had/going through treatment for breast cancer. Ask them how their bodies react to the chemo, to the radiation, to the FIVE, yes FIVE years of extra medication that starves all hormones out of your body to try and reduce your risk of getting that particular cancer again. Ask that woman how she feels about her reconstructed breasts, her reconstructed nipples, about her muscles that no longer work the way they should, the skin that no longer works the way it should. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and THIS is from a person who didn't have the gene! So while it's drastic, I applaud her for having the guts to do. I, myself have been advised to have the same kind of surgery done, mastectomy, ovaries removed and a full hysterectomy. So before you make thoughtless, baseless, ill-informed decisions, perhaps find out exactly what having the gene means for you as a person!

      Carmen Joubert - 2013-05-15 16:58

      Well said Monique! And good luck, whether you have the surgeries or not, either way hoping you will be healthy

      Sluipstap Pretorius - 2013-05-15 17:43

      Dear Monique, I'm on the five year medication thing now, and yes, I dont feel the same anymore, although I am so greatflul that the cancer is gone, I was at a point where I would have walked on my hand if they told me it would take the cancer away. Thankfully today, through surgery I am ok, and after all this is over I am still going to become a mom, there is so much to live for, I dont get why people is so ignorant, well, once you get such a big scare, you dont really care what others think or if it carries their approval. Somehow we live in a society where people think they have to approve of everything another person does, and has loads to say. I always tell people that gives me the 3rd degree for the mastectomy, if you have walked in my shoes for a day you are welcome to comment, otherwise shut up. I was the one dealing with the fear not you.

  • Sabata Igwe Cecil - 2013-05-15 16:57

    I pity her 'cause she likes kids. She has to adopt,again!

  • Carol-Anne Swart - 2013-05-15 17:05

    Had mastectomy 10 years ago after diagnosis. Had several recurrences since- DO NOT JUDGE until you have walked the road

      Charmain Strydom Winter - 2013-05-15 17:35

      carol you were diagnosed, she was not. that is the difference.

  • Charmain Strydom Winter - 2013-05-15 17:28

    well I suppose she has been out the news for so long, she had to do something extreme to make headlines AGAIN!!! listen we are all, men and woman, afraid of getting cancer, no matter in what part of our body, but does any normal thinking person go ahead and remove "healthy" parts of your body for just the in case?? this scorns people who have been diagnosed with cancer, gone for treatment and are still alive today, they are the hero's! hell, she should stay in bed all day for fear of being in a motor vehicle accident! pure rubbish all this fuss and she is NOT a hero at all, she is, in my opinion, a sensation-seeker and neurotic!!!

      Tania Steyn - 2013-05-15 22:02

      Sorry Charmain, I am not a cancer sufferer, but you are blowing wind through your arse. Read Moniques's comment and educate yourself. Jealous much?

  • Simmy Nampax - 2013-05-15 18:07

    Good decision, Stay health!!

  • Sihle Slik Mhlongo - 2013-05-15 18:19

    may god b with her when time to remove herself cums coz really she wl

  • Anthony Rockliffe - 2013-05-15 19:01

    Just kill yourself, that will make your chances of getting cancer ZERO! Genes do not self activate, they activate in response to environment (internal and external) stress makes the body acidic which in turn provides the right environment. Medical science has shown that cancer needs an acidic state to stop worrying about cancer and deal with your stress. One does not simple "get" cancer...we all have it, cells mutate all the time...its what allows it to grow that is the issue.

      Delene Labuschagne - 2013-05-16 06:56

      Anthony- Thank u v much for positive input,,,u reminded me once again that u dont just get cancer, u are SO rite,,,,!!!! The only comment that made sense here!!!

  • carel.merwe.7 - 2013-05-15 19:11

    Ok dr anthony!

  • All we need is love - 2013-05-15 19:17

    I have had a family member die of cancer. I salute all cancer survivors out there. To everyone else - let's not judge until we have walked in someone else's shoes.

  • Leaproach TheKeeper - 2013-05-15 20:16

    Mein Gott!....belongs in a asylum this being.

      Leaproach TheKeeper - 2013-05-15 20:51

      Brad such a nice oke....Go back to Jenn Brad....GO!

      Tania Steyn - 2013-05-15 22:04

      You are scary. You are the one who belongs in an asylum. What level of education is out there? I cannot believe these misinformed comments. PS go and have your prostate check every year after Forty. Numbskull men commenting about female choices. Informed choices!

      Leaproach TheKeeper - 2013-05-16 13:29

      SS, glad you're not my partner. Your mother's a numbscull dimwit XX

  • Angela Monaghan Sandells - 2013-05-15 22:42

    This is a woman who watched her mother suffer and die from cancer. Having watched my own mother die from it at age 41, I say if you can prevent it, then do so. To watch someone you love suffer is terrible.

      Delene Labuschagne - 2013-05-16 06:50

      my mother died when i was 15....and i am 59 ths year,,,difference is we not all neorotic, God is in charge, so now shes trying 2 outwit God and 2mrw she dies frm a heart attack,,,,,uhm maybe they shud remove her heart and replace it aswell,,,,,

  • Michael Ian Wright - 2013-05-16 02:09

    Wait until someone tells her that Revlon lipstick causes cancer.

  • Delene Labuschagne - 2013-05-16 06:59

    comments not posting??? why??? only some comments maybe, why bother 2 comment....

  • Thomas Snyman - 2013-05-16 06:59

    I wish you all da best Jolie, and pray da surgery comes out success

  • Tobie Schalkwyk - 2013-05-16 07:59

    Why not go for a full sex change? Then she never has to look back! On the other hand a lot of men get breast cancer too - oops, there goes that plan...

  • Angela Banda - 2013-05-16 09:22

    Money , it surely does make the world go crazy .

  • Liz Rudy - 2013-05-16 10:18

    You people disgust me. Unless you have lost a loved one to cancer, experienced it for yourself or worse, had to sit and wait for the results to come back indicating whether you have cancer or not, you have no idea what you are talking about. I hope that this never happens to you or a family member. Pathetic the lot of you

      James Blacksmith - 2013-05-16 21:27

      Liz I've lost a number of family members to cancer and yes some of them had to have limbs amputated as a result. If Jolie is going to have her ovaries removed, do it. Why advertise to the entire world? What she could do is 1. campaign against smoking (which she has been caught doing in public and in movies) 2. campaign against drug abuse (which also is a risk). 3. promote against promiscuous behaviour which is a risk for cervical cancer. 4. campaign against junk food (a BIG risk factor for cancer). Does she? No, she's now the cancer ambassador promoting removal of breasts and ovaries! Goodness, this is insane.

  • Nadia Schoeman - 2013-05-16 11:38

    About one out of 10 women are at risk of developing breast cancer. Less than 10 percent of these are as a result of cancer that is inherited or runs in the family. For many of these families where the breast cancer is inherited, the cause is a mutation in one of two genes, BRCA1 or BRCA2. Individuals who have a mutation in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene are at a greater risk of developing breast and other associated cancers like ovarian and prostate cancer, compared to the general population.

  • Jean Campbell - 2013-05-16 13:11

    Didn't her and her John Voight have a fallout a while ago because he said she was nuts?

  • Shawn Berry - 2013-05-17 21:42

    Maybe she should have her brain removed. Recent studies shows that she has about a ten percent chance of being a rational human being. Can't run the risk of that ever happening now can we?

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