LOS ANGELES, CA - She's a bombshell on the big screen, but actress Angelina Jolie is dropping a different kind of bombshell. This one is about her health.
In an Op-Ed for the New York Times, the mother of six revealed she recently had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. She made the difficult decision to have the surgery after a blood test detected a possible sign of cancer.
You may remember two years ago, Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had a rare gene mutation, BRAC1, that predisposes her to breast and ovarian cancer.
The recent surgery has caused the 39-year-old to go into menopause, so she will not be able to have any more children.
Devastating news for someone so young, but Jolie writes, "I feel feminine and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say, 'mom died of ovarian cancer.'"
Sadly, Jolie's mother did die of ovarian cancer, in 2007.
She also lost her grandmother and aunt to cancer, but is quick to point out that surgery is not the only option.
"Some women take birth control pills or rely on alternative medicines combined with frequent checks. The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally."
While the news seems all gloom and doom, Jolie remains strong, reassuring women that it's possible to tackle any health issue, and that 'knowledge is power.'