Academy Award winner, Angelina Jolie is a real-life heroine. From her work as a UNHCR Special Envoy to her constant efforts to raise awareness of women’s health, the Unbroken director is known for her many contributions to humanity. On this World Ovarian Cancer Day (May 8), the actress not only paid homage to her mother, who died from dreadful cancer in 2007 but also urged women to take care of themselves whilst expressing her fear.
Angie’s Deceased Mother Fought A Long Battle With Ovarian Cancer
On World Ovarian Cancer Day 2023, which is observed every year on May 8, Angelina Jolie took to Instagram to pay an emotional tribute to her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer on January 27, 2007. While sharing a childhood Polaroid photo of her gorgeous mother, she expressed:
“Tomorrow would have been my mother’s 73rd birthday. She passed away 15 years ago, after a long struggle with breast and ovarian cancer.”
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Today marks Bertrand’s 73rd birthday. The Salt actress also expressed that she fears ovarian cancer after witnessing what her mother went through. Angie added that in June, she’d be a month away “from the age she was diagnosed.” She also admitted to having preventive surgeries to lessen the chances and urged women to go for continuous checkups.
Angelina Jolie also lost her aunt to the disease in 2013. In the same year, she underwent a mastectomy after her genetic tests revealed that “she carried a mutated BRCA1 gene”, which means she had the possibility of developing breast cancer.
Ladies! Live Up To The Theme, No Woman Left Behind
While sharing her fears, Angelina Jolie also spread awareness about ovarian cancer, urging every woman out there to undergo mammograms, blood tests, or ultrasounds, as preventive measures. While extending love to all those who lost their lives to this type of cancer, the Maleficent actress wrote:
“…And to other women, please take the time to look after yourself and go for your mammograms and blood tests or ultrasounds, particularly if you have a family history of cancer.”
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Angie, who is allegedly having an affair with The Weeknd, also disclosed an ovarian cancer scare that led her to “remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes as well.” This year’s theme for World Ovarian Cancer Day is “No Woman Left Behind,” and Angie is spreading the word. In conclusion, the Original Sin actor shared a link for more information about this cancer.
Ovarian cancer is indeed one of the deadliest gynecologic cancers. A recent report by the American Cancer Society estimates over 19,710 new cases of ovarian cancer and over 13,270 deaths in the United States. Spread the word, because no women should be left behind!