Angelina Jolie Discusses More Preventive Surgeries

Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight; June 4, 1975) is an American actress and film director. When Barbara Walters asked Jolie if she was bisexual, Jolie responded, "Of course."

Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight; June 4, 1975) is an American actress and film director. When Barbara Walters asked Jolie if she was bisexual, Jolie responded, “Of course.”

Bisexual activist actor Angelina Jolie, married to Brad Pitt, wrote an editorial in The New York Times (CLICK HERE) about additional surgeries she felt forced to do to prevent potential cancer.

She talks about when she opted for a mastectomy two years ago, and now she has removed her ovaries and fallopian tubes. She writes:

 TWO years ago I wrote about my choice to have a preventive double mastectomy. A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. I lost my mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.

I wanted other women at risk to know about the options. I promised to follow up with any information that could be useful, including about my next preventive surgery, the removal of my ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Knowledge is power, and despite the brave stand she has taken, she is also being criticized by some people for creating unnecessary surgeries, or causing panic for women. She explains in great detail that she tested positive for potential high risks for cancers, and writes:

It is not possible to remove all risk, and the fact is I remain prone to cancer. I will look for natural ways to strengthen my immune system. I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say, “Mom died of ovarian cancer.”

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Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]