Angelina Jolie's Preventative Surgery the Talk Among Celebrities

Jolie wrote about her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.

ByLuchina Fisher
March 24, 2015, 1:26 PM

— -- Angelina Jolie is getting support from fellow celebrities after opening up about her decision to have preventative surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes because of cancer fears.

Stars are calling the 39-year-old Oscar winner and mother of six inspiring, smart and courageous.

Jolie wrote in a New York Times op-ed today about her decision to undergo a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, which, she said, was motivated by a family history of ovarian cancer. Her mother, grandmother and aunt died from cancer.

Two years ago, Jolie underwent preventative double mastectomy after a blood test showed a mutation in the BRCA1 gene.

“Regardless of the hormone replacements I’m taking, I am now in menopause,” she wrote. “I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared.”

Response on social media has been mostly positive. Check out some of the reactions from stars:

So #Proud and #Inspired by #AngelinaJolie's #Choice to share her #Health issues. #Women need to feel informed and #Supported! Fearless!!!

— Lisa Vidal (@thelisavidal) March 24, 2015

To women who follow me on here: I truly hope you take a few minutes to read this moving & informative oped.

— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) March 24, 2015

Angelina Jolie Undergoes Surgery After Cancer Scare So smart to do this especially if there is a genetic link.

— Camille Grammer (@TheRealCamilleG) March 24, 2015

I applaud Angeline Jolie's courage to do what she & her doctors felt was necessary to ensure her overall well-being:

— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) March 24, 2015

Wishing #AngelinaJolie love and a healthy recovery with ovary removal. At least she could still choose to adopt if she wants to have kids.

— Dan Mangan (@danmanganmusic) March 24, 2015

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