Ovary removal aids high-risk women but at what age

(NBC News)  As many as one in four hundred women test positive for the BRCA-1 gene, often called the “breast cancer gene.”

They have not only a significantly increased risk for breast cancer, but also for ovarian cancer.

Now a new study suggests if women with this gene want to lower their risk for ovarian cancer drastically, they need to have their ovaries removed by age 35.

“Removing the ovaries and fallopian tubes really does have a positive impact on that woman, and reduces her risk of ovarian cancer tremendously and also improves her survival,” explains Dr. Ursula Matulonis of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

The study found those who had their ovaries removed had an 80-percent lower chance for developing ovarian cancer, and an equally low rate of premature death.

It also means the inability to conceive a child and immediate menopause.

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WASHINGTON (AP) – For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35.

Women who inherit either of two faulty genes are at much higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer than other women – and at younger ages.

A study released Monday is the largest yet to show the power of preventive ovarian surgery for those women. The surgery not only lowers their chances of getting either ovarian or breast cancer. The study estimates it also can reduce women’s risk of death before age 70 by 77 percent.

Ovarian cancer is particularly deadly, and there is no good way to detect it early.

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