Angelina Jolie Underwent Surgery to Have Ovaries Removed

The procedure was motivated by a family history of cancer.

Jolie’s mother, grandmother and aunt died from cancer.

In her op-ed, titled “Diary of a Surgery,” Jolie, 39, stated that tests showed elevated risks for cancer, forcing her to move up the surgery.

“I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren,” she wrote.

As a result of her surgery, Jolie received a progesterone IUD, which will help maintain hormonal balance – and prevent uterine cancer, she wrote.