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A 38-year-old member asked:

how can you have ovarian cancer if your uterus and ovaries have been removed?

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Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Not likely: In most women that have a total hysterectomy there is no ovarian tissue left, so the risk of ovarian cancer is very very low. However, some women who have a hysterectomy prior to going through menopause have an ovary left to help support hormone function. These women still have a risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 33 years experience
Primary peritoneal : There is a disease which looks like ovarian cancer under the microscope; is treated like ovarian cancer and has the same type of symptoms. It is called primary peritoneal carcinoma. Removal of the ovaries does not decrease the risk of having this disease.

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