Angelina Jolie has undergone preventative surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.

The actress’s decision comes just two years after she underwent a preventative double mastectomy, inspiring a debate on women’s health and genetic testing.

The UN Ambassador, 39, said she made the choice because she carries the BRAC1 gene. This means she has a 50 per cent risk of developing ovarian cancer – the same disease that killed her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, in 2007. She was 56.

“Last week, I had the procedure: a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. There was a small benign tumor on one ovary, but no signs of cancer in any of the tissues,” she wrote in a piece for the New York Times.

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