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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Actress Angelina Jolie took another drastic step to reduce her chances of getting cancer. Jolie had doctors remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes after a blood test revealed a possible sign of cancer. She wrote about her decision in an op-ed piece for the New York Times. Two years ago, Jolie had a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer.

One metro woman knows all about Jolie's tough decision because she's done it herself. Kelly Boling is an oncology nurse at Research Medical Center. She tested positive for the BRCA2 gene back in 2011, and had surgery to remove her ovaries in December of last year.

"My husband and I talked about it over and over again. I have three kids so I was finished having children, so I decided that it was kind of time," explained Boling.

Just like Angelina, Kelly previously had a mastectomy. Her doctor and colleague, Dr. Stephanie Graff, said the surgery decreases cancer risks by 85-percent, unfortunately, however, it doesn't take the risk to zero.

"It unfortunately doesn't make it zero because women can still get something call primary peritoneal, which means kind of the lining of you pelvis can get ovarian cancer in it.and we can't take that out," said Graff.

Dr. Graff says typically insurance will cover the surgery for those with a proven gene mutation.