A 38-year-old member asked:
can you get ovarian cancer after a hysterectomy?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Devon Webster answered
22 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes: "hysterectomy " technically means removal of the uterus, not the ovaries and the uterus. A bso (bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy) means removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes. Even if the ovaries have been removed, there is a very small chance that ovarian cancer can develop from cells that line the abdominal cavity. This chance is much less than 1 in 100.
Answered on Apr 11, 2016
Dr. John Kirk answered
27 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: A hysterectomy and even tubal ligation appear to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer significantly. It does not eliminate the risk. Even when taking out the ovaries during hysterectomy, a remnant may remain behind and grow into ovarian cancer. Also the lining of the inside of the abdomen called peritoneum may grow to a similar disease to ovarian cancer.
Answered on Jun 18, 2015
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