Jolie loses ovaries

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Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie lost her mother to ovarian cancer at the age of 56. On Tuesday the star announced in a New York Times column that she’s had her ovaries and fallopian tubes

Jolie loses ovaries

Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie lost her mother to ovarian cancer at the age of 56.

On Tuesday the star announced in a New York Times column that she’s had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a precaution.

Jolie says doctors told her she had a 50 per cent risk of getting the disease.

Two years ago she had a double mastectomy because of an inherited high risk of developing breast cancer.

She spoke to Reuters after that operation in 2013 and said she was pleased it had helped put the issue of women’s health further in the spotlight.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTRESS ANGELINA JOLIE SAYING:

“I’ve been very happy just to see the discussion about women’s health expanded and that means the world to me after losing my mum to these issues. I’m really grateful for it and I have been very moved by the kind support from people, really very grateful for it.”

Jolie, who’s raising a family with husband Brad Pitt, had the latest round of surgery last week.

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