When the public talks about Angelina Jolie’s body, it’s usually to celebrate how hot her figure is, but not this week. This week we are all up in Angelina’s lady bits, thanks to the news of her preventive double mastectomy. On the heels of that bombshell comes the report that the actress will also have her ovaries removed in the hopes of avoiding a cancer diagnosis down the line.
People magazine says, “The mother of six is also planning to undergo surgery to remove her ovaries. Because of her “faulty” BRCA1 gene, she still faces a high risk of developing ovarian cancer, which her doctors estimate at 50 percent. Some doctors recommend patients undergo the surgery by age 40 or when a woman is done having children, though it may trigger early menopause.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Women who have yet to undergo menopause will experience premature menopause if both ovaries are removed. This deprives the body of the hormones produced in the ovaries, leading to complications such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness, depression or anxiety, heart disease, memory problems, decreased sex drive, osteoporosis” and even premature death. They add, “Women who take low doses of hormone replacement drugs after surgery and until about age 50 may reduce the risk of these complications. But hormone replacement therapy has risks of its own.”
It’s certainly strange to think of a sex symbol like Jolie as a menopausal woman, and I think her willingness to shed that image in order to protect her health and longevity for the sake of her kids is incredible. I’m sort of diggin’ on imagining Angie with a long, gray braid as like some kind of witchy hippie character or something. I bet she could parlay her new look into a very interesting career as a character actress. She gives so much drama with her face anyway, don’t you want to see her play the kinds of parts Susan Sarandon is doing now? I love it!
People notes that since Angie’s medical saga began in February, “the actress and her fiancé, Brad Pitt, have been focused on maintaining a sense of routine for their kids keeping up family traditions such as a Valentine’s Day gift exchange and an Easter egg hunt while Jolie was undergoing treatment.” For more on their exclusive coverage of her story, pick up a copy of the magazine on newsstands Friday.
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