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Angelina Jolie Discusses Removal of Her Ovaries and Fallopian Tubes

The humanitarian and filmmaker shares the latest development in her journey to minimize her cancer risk.

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Today, Angelina Jolie penned an op-ed for the New York Times frankly discussing her recent surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. The operation carried the added weight of kickstarting early menopause despite the hormone replacements Jolie has been taking. It was the latest development in Jolie’s commitment to publicly sharing her courageous efforts to preemptively minimize her chances for cancer, ever since a blood test revealed that she carried the “faulty” BRCA1 gene, which gave Jolie “an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.” The humanitarian, filmmaker, and mother of six has been incredibly forthright in disclosing the details of her difficult journey with the world, including the decision to undergo a double mastectomy two years ago. Post-procedure, Jolie reported in another NYT op-ed that her breast cancer risk had “dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent.”

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Why Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy Will Inspire You

Actress, activist, and mother Angelina Jolie explained why, over the course of the last 3 months, she had a preemptive double mastectomy.

In an op-ed to the New York Times today, actress, activist, mother, and philanthropist Angelina Jolie explains why she had a preemptive double mastectomy. She writes that she opted to have the invasive surgery after learning she had a genetic predisposition, with an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer. Jolie's mother died of the same disease at the age of 56, and the actress explains that her decision was made primarily for the sake of her own children—and that she chose to share her story for other women who find themselves in a similar situation:

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Ethical Style: Angelina Jolie's Engagement Ring and the State of the Ethical Diamond Angelina Jolie's Engagement Ring and Ethical Diamond Sourcing

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie can afford to buy the most ethical diamond ring on the market. The knockoff version isn't so innocent.


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have built an image as Hollywood’s most conscientious power couple—adopters of orphans, rebuilders of New Orleans, ambassadors to the U.N. So when the domestic partners announced their long-awaited engagement this month, I was a little surprised to learn that Pitt had gifted Jolie a new diamond ring. I assumed that a couple of their humanitarian pedigree would go for something a little less ethically ambiguous.

Pitt and Jolie can afford to buy the most conflict-free diamond ring on the market. Pitt is estimated to have spent a year—and $250,000—finalizing the design with jeweler-to-the-stars Robert Procop, who had previously partnered with Jolie herself to market charitable jewels to help fund a school in Afghanistan. But the origins of even the world's most closely watched diamond is not crystal clear.

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