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Can having your ovaries removed prevent breast cancer?

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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
For High Risk Women: Having your ovaries removed is usually reserved for women with a significantly increased risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer due to an inherited mutation in the brca1 or brca2 gene — two genes linked to breast cancer, ovarian cancer and other cancers. High-risk women age 35 and older who have completed childbearing are the best candidates for this surgery.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

How can you prevent breast cancer?

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Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
You can't: You can't prevent breast cancer with any certainty. What you can do is reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by eating healthy, exercising, avoiding obesity, limiting alcohol consumption, as well breast-feeding, avoiding post-menopausal hormone replacement, etc. But some women are genetically pre-disposed and will get breast cancer despite a "healthy lifestyle".
A 41-year-old member asked:

How can you prevent breast cancer from happening?

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Dr. Susan Cash
General Surgery 31 years experience
You can't: The biggest risk is being female and getting older. Other risk factors include having babies after 30, not having any babies at all, menopause at a later age, or hormone replacement therapy. Less than10% of people who develop breast cancer have an inherited gene, called the brca gene. Get your mammograms yearly to detect it early when cure is highest. Exercise, and stay at your ideal weight.

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