Jolie said in a New York Times editorial Tuesday that she had her breasts removed and reconstructed because she has a gene mutation that makes her risk of breast cancer high.
Women with the BRCA1 gene mutation also have a high chance of developing ovarian cancer. There is no test to detect ovarian cancer and women often die from the disease because it is diagnosed in the late stages.
Doctors often recommend women have their ovaries moved near age 40 after they are done having children. Ovary removal triggers early menopause.
Jolie's mom died from ovarian cancer at age 56.
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