Angelina Jolie believes ''what does not kill you makes you stronger''.

The 39-year-old star - who carries the BRCA1 gene and has had her breasts, ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to minimise her risk of cancer - has insisted she has learned from both her good and bad experiences.

She told Elle.com: ''I do believe in the old saying, 'What does not kill you makes you stronger'. Our experiences, good and bad, make us who we are. By overcoming difficulties, we gain strength and maturity.''

Angelina's comments come just days after she revealed she had decided to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after tests showed a small tumour, a possible marker for the early stages of ovarian cancer.

She said at the time: ''Last week, I had the procedure: a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. There was a small benign tumor on one ovary, but no signs of cancer in any of the tissues.''

Angelina - who is married to 'Fury' star Brad Pitt and has children Maddox, 13, 11-year-old Pax, Zahara, 10, eight-year-old Shiloh and six-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox - underwent the operation just two years after she had a double mastectomy after discovering she carried a gene which meant she had an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer.

And following her most recent surgery she confessed whilst she's been taking hormone replacements, she will never be able to have more children with Brad.

She said previously: ''Regardless of the hormone replacements I'm taking, I am now in menopause. I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared.''