American actress Angelina Jolie underwent a preventative surgery for the removal of her fallopian tubes and ovaries over fears of cancer.
The Hollywood actress made the revelation in her special column in a New York Times op-ed.
According to the newspaper column, a small benign tumor was spotted on her one ovary.
Even though no other signs of cancer were detected by the doctors during the diagnosis, but the actress chose a preventative removal of her reproductive organs on the pretext of a family history of ovarian cancer.
Jolie’s grandmother, mother and aunt have died from ovarian cancer.
The actress, who is married to American actor Brad Pitt, underwent a procedure called ‘laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy’ for the removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Jolie said that she was forced to opt for surgery after the medical tests showed increased risks for cancer.
“I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren,” she wrote in her op-ed, titled “Diary of a Surgery”.
“Regardless of the hormone replacements I’m taking, I am now in menopause. I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared,” she wrote in the op-ed.
In 2013, Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy at age 37 after she learnt that there was an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer because of a defective BRCA1 gene.
Jolie and Pitt have three biological and adopted children each.