Continuing her preemptive fight against cancer, Angelina Jolie is lining up her second major surgery to combat the defective gene condition that contributed to her mother's death from breast cancer and is set to have her ovaries removed.
The BRCA1 gene which gave Jolie an 87% chance of developing breast cancer before her double mastectomy also gives her a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer, and as such she is preparing plans to have an oophorectomy (ovary removal surgery), which is recommended for high-risk women like Jolie before the age of 40. Soon-to-be husband Brad Pitt released his own statement following the publication of Jolie's story in the New York Times saying 'Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as many others like her, absolutely heroic. I thank our medical team for their care and focus.'
Jolie's semi-estranged father Jon Voight however only found out about the entire saga yesterday when he read the article online, and released his own statement. 'My love and admiration for my daughter can't be explained in words. I saw her two days ago with my son Jamie. We all got together for his birthday, with her and Brad. But I didn't know. It wasn't obvious at all.'
'I found out this morning. I was as surprised as anyone and deeply moved by the way she's handled this. She's a very extraordinary person, the way she examined it and what she shared.'