Angelina Jolie Doctors praise actress for ovaries removal

Doctors call her decision 'courageous' and 'influential' and say her revelation would increase awareness about genetic testing and prophylactic surgery to reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

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Angelina Jolie, pictured in May 2013 with her then-fiance, Brad Pitt, revealed Monday she had undergone a surgery to remove her ovaries and Fallopian tubes   play

Angelina Jolie, pictured in May 2013 with her then-fiance, Brad Pitt, revealed Monday she had undergone a surgery to remove her ovaries and Fallopian tubes
 

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Cancer experts have praised Angelina Jolie for removing her ovaries and fallopian tubes to avoid the risk of ovarian cancer.

Doctors call her decision 'courageous' and 'influential' and say her revelation would increase awareness about genetic testing and prophylactic surgery to reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

A gynecologic oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Institute, Dr. Robert DeBernardo told MailOnline, on March 24, “My hat is off to her. She is doing a lot of good for women worldwide by raising awareness of BRCA testing and options women have.”

In an op-ed column in the New York Times on Tuesday, March 24, the mother of six children revealed she had a double mastectomy in 2013 and also a surgery last week after blood tests showed what's now considered early signs of the disease.

Brad Pitt's wife carries a mutation in the BRCA1 gene that increases her risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Her mother died of ovarian cancer at the age of 56.

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