People magazine reported Wednesday that Angelina Jolie, 37, will now have her ovaries removed because of the same gene that led her to her decision to have a double mastectomy. The magazine said her doctors estimate she has a 50 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer because of her "faulty" BRCA1 gene. Some doctors recommend this surgery for women by age 40 or when they are done having children, though the procedure may lead to early menopause, the magazine added.
Jolie, whose mother died at 56 after a nearly decade-long battle with cancer, wrote a New York Times op-ed piece Tuesday that described how concern for her family helped motivate her to undergo a double mastectomy in February and nine weeks of recovery, including reconstructive surgery.
Meanwhile, Brad Pitt has opened up about his fiancee's decision.
"I'm quite emotional about it, of course," Pitt, 49, told USA Today. "She could have stayed absolutely private about it and I don't think anyone would have been the wiser with such good results. But it was really important to her to share the story and that others would understand it doesn't have to be a scary thing. In fact, it can be an empowering thing, and something that makes you stronger and us stronger."
The "World War Z" star said the couple made their six children, ages 4 to 11, part of the recovery process. "We set up our own little post-op recovery that became pretty fun," he told the newspaper. "You make an adventure out of it."
He also applauded Oscar-winner Jolie's honoring her commitments to visit the Congo, go to London for the G-8 Foreign Ministers Conference and honor Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai in New York. "This was during Stage 2," when the double mastectomy was performed, he said. "Literally it was just weeks after she'd had truly major surgery."