She already underwent a preventative double mastectomy — and now Angelina Jolie says she faces even more surgery to make sure she does not meet the same fate as her mother.
When DNA testing revealed that the Maleficent actress has an incredibly high risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, she took matters into her own hands and now will take the next step to reduce her cancer risk — currently at 50 percent if she does not have at least a partial hysterectomy.
While Jolie did not reveal the exact surgery she is prepping for, it has been long rumored that she would take this natural next step.
"There's still another surgery to have, which I haven't yet," Jolie explained to Entertainment Weekly. "I'll, you know, I'll get advice from all these wonderful people who I've been talking to, to get through the next stage.
"I'm very happy I made the decision," she said. "I was very fortunate to have great doctors and very, very fortunate to have a good recovery and have a project like Unbroken to have something to be really focused on, to be getting healthy for and to be able to just get right back to work."
Jolie also revealed that her own health journey has had an added benefit: raising awareness of both men and women on cancer issues.
"I feel very, very close — much closer — to other women, and women who are going through the same thing," she continued. "Wherever I go, usually I run into women and we talk about health issues, women's issues, breast cancer, ovarian cancer. I've talked to men about their daughters' and wives' health. It makes me feel closer to other people who deal with the same things and have either lost their parents or are considering surgeries or wondering about their children... The reason that I wrote it was to try to communicate and help and connect with other women and other families going through the same thing. And... I was very, very moved by all the support and kindness from so many people."
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