Angelina Jolie Pitt's surgery to remove her ovaries may cancel out her cancer risk, but may cause early menopause, which comes with some health hazards, experts tell the LiveScience
This week, the actress revealed that she had surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes to prevent ovarian cancer because she carries a genetic mutation [the BRCA1 gene], which significantly increases her risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Jolie Pitt had previously undergone a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer.
Experts say removing her ovaries reduces her risk of ovarian cancer by up to 90 percent, but it will also put her into menopause immediately, at age 39 — a decade earlier than the average woman enters menopause naturally.
Early menopause, before age 40, is linked with an increased risk of heart disease, neurological problems, osteoporosis (brittle bones), depression, and anxiety, LiveScience
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