A 46-year-old member asked:
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what happens if i get a hysterectomy if there is a high risk of ovarian cancer in my family?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
57 years experience Family Medicine
Yes it can: Hysterectomy with removal of both ovaries is known to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer after hystrectomy alone the risk was found to be 1 in 300, but if you also had the ovaries removed the risk was 1 in 5000.This was found in retroactive study of 25000 females between ages of 50 to 70, in an article published april 2011 in womens health/gynacology.
Answered on Apr 4, 2013
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
30 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Prophylactic surgery (hysterectomy with tubes and ovaries removed as well) is appropriate for women with familial ovarian cancer syndrome.
Answered on Apr 5, 2013

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