Angelina Jolie Pitt continues to be of interest because of her health choices. She announced today in the New York Times opinion section that she underwent a preventative surgery - specifically a bilateral oophorectomy – to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes because she carries a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. This gene gave Jolie Pitt a 50-percent risk of developing ovarian cancer. The actress/director/producer has much to fear because of this gene because she lost her mother (at the age of 49), grandmother, and an aunt to cancer. Jolie Pitt, who is 39, is nearing her mother’s age when she died so she decided to make choices that would help her be alive to see her kids become adults and to able to meet her grandkids.
So what exactly is ovarian cancer? This video provides a good overview:
Potential for Other Health Issues
Jolie Pitt also knows that she still has a risk of cancer and plans to use natural methods to strengthen her immunity system. She also needs to be aware that going into early menopause can increase her risk of other health problems, such as heart disease and osteoporosis. Therefore, this booklet from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers some good advice on staying healthy for women who may be facing ovarian surgery.
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Jolie Pitt, A. (2015). Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a surgery. New York Times.
WomensHealth.gov. (2010). Early menopause (premature menopause)
Dorian Martin writes about various topics for HealthCentral, including Alzheimer’s disease, diet/exercise, menopause and lung cancer. Dorian is a health and caregiving advocate living in College Station, TX. She has a Ph.D. in educational human resource development. Dorian also founded I Start Wondering, which encourages people to embrace a life-long learning approach to aging. She teaches Sheng Zhen Gong, a form of Qigong. Follow Dorian on Twitter at @dorianmartin, Facebook or Instagram at @doriannmartin.