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Prophylactic Ovarian Removal - A Doctor's Perspective

Posted by Dr. Alison McAllister on Monday, 17 March

b2ap3_thumbnail_178640464.jpgA recent study [1] found that women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations benefit from a significantly reduced risk of ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancers by having their ovaries removed before the age of 35. For women with such a genetic predisposition to cancer, the decision to remove their ovaries and/or breasts can prevent cancer in the future; however, I thought it would be worth looking at the long-term repercussions of this decision. I think it's important to be clear that this is NOT a discouragement of women considering this decision as it may be life-saving. However, as healthcare professionals, it's important to recognize that gains may be a compromise and better research and care are needed for women who make this decision.

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