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Angelina Jolie: Surgery not only option for faulty gene

Actress Angelina Jolie has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure against cancer.

Two years ago, Jolie, whose mother died from cancer, had a double mastectomy.

Writing in the New York Times, Jolie said she had the surgery as she carries a gene that means a higher risk of developing certain cancers.

The announcement is expected to increase awareness. BBC News looks at some of the facts.

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  • 24 Mar 2015
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