Brinkmann Gynaecology

Angelina Jolie has ovaries removed after cancer scare

Actress Angelina Jolie has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure against cancer.

Writing in the New York Times, Jolie said she had the surgery last week as she carries a gene that gave her a 50% risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Two years ago, Jolie, whose mother died from cancer, had a double mastectomy.

"It is not easy to make these decisions," she said. "But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue."

This has been covered extensively but we choose our coverage from the BBC, Time magazine, the Telegraph, the Guardian and the Independent amongst others.  

Target Ovarian Cancer share some facts about ovarian cancer in their video here.

Facts facts about ovarian cancer

  • 12 women in the UK die of ovarian cancer every day
  • A UK woman has a 2% chance of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime
  • 5 year survival rate is 43%
  • If diagnosed earlier, up to 90% of women would survive 5 years or more
  • Just 3% of women are confident of spotting a symptom...
  • ...in fact 32% of women are diagnosed through A&E

Symptoms of ovarian cancer

  • increased abdominal size and persistent bloating
  • difficulty eating/feeling full more quickly
  • needing to wee more urgently or more often

If you experience any of these symptoms it is important to see your doctor.

Concerned?

You can visit your GP or Mr Brinkmann for a direct urgent referral.  

If you are concerned about the inherited aspect of ovarian cancer and the BRCA1 gene, please visit us to discuss your situation.

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