Cancer – it is something that affects all of us, whether it is first hand or through someone we love or know. Even the seemingly blessed Angelina Jolie. Unfortunately, even with today’s medical miracles and rapid technological advancements, doctors and researchers have not identified a guaranteed cure. We have discovered ways to slow the process and even reverse it if we get to it early enough. Now, some of us are taking steps to ensure we reduce our chances of getting cancer even further by removing those parts and organs of the body that are at highest risk, depending on our family history and early warning signs.
Angelina is one of these people. With a family history of cancer affecting the women in her family Angelina has taken measures, some would say drastic although others might say smart, to reduce her chances of being affected by this unforgiving disease. With such a high profile and her attitude and ability to be a role model and advocate for women everywhere, Angelina made the choice to be open and revealing about her experience in order to shed light and encourage discussions and awareness all over the world.
This is the second time Angelina has made such a tough decision to have preventative surgery. She had already had a double mastectomy which she revealed to the world in May 2013, see more about that here. Having her fallopian tubes and ovaries removed was not a decision Angelina made lightly. She certainly has the best doctors, naturopaths and experts at her disposal, and is certainly “lucky” when it comes to having access to being able to make informed choices. But we think much of Angelina’s bravery is for her sharing her experience so that others may be able to make informed choices as well. She goes into details with what brought her to have her fallopian tubes and ovaries removed, and gives us insight as to what questions we may want to ask our doctors if we also have a family history of cancer, or even if we don’t.
As Angelina reminds us, we all have to make our own choices, but these choices are so much easier when we have the right knowledge and information to make them. This applies to anything in life, whether it be preventative surgery, plastic or cosmetic surgery, whether we eat meat or not, or whether we grab a raincoat when it looks like rain outside.
We applaud Angelina Jolie, and applaud any of you making difficult decisions that might be right for you.
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To read more about Angelina’s preventative surgery go here.