A 33-year-old member asked:
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if you have a total hysterectomy can you still get ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes you can: Hysterectomy, is removal of the uterus: ovaries are separate glands lying next to the uterus. Often they are removed at the time of hysterectomy, but not always. Ovarian cancer can also arise from the epithelial lining of the peritoneum(sometimes called primary peritoneal carcinoma) which behaves just like ovarian cancer and is treated the same way as primary ovarian cancer.
Answered on Apr 3, 2019

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizebeth HARMON
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Yes: If you still have ovaries you can get cancer. Hysterectomy is removal of the uterus not the ovaries.
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Dr. Gerard Honore
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Yes: Although its extremely rare, and usually involves an ovarian remnant.

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