16/05/2013 03:46 BST | Updated 16/05/2013 17:08 BST

Angelina Jolie Plans Oophorectomy Surgery To Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risk

Did you know these high-profile individuals have also been affected?

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An oophorectomy can also reduce the risk of breast cancer for women, as the surgery reduces the body's supply of oestrogen.

However, the surgery does not come without risk factors. Side effects of the procedure can include premature menopause, potentially premature aging, greater risk for cardiovascular disease, and a chance of developing osteoporosis, according to

As a result, post-op patients may be given medications to help keep their bones from growing more fragile, as well as hormone replacement therapy.