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Does removing my ovaries reduce my chance of developing breast cancer?

Does removing my ovaries reduce my chance of developing breast cancer?

Ovaries/breast ca: Maybe, this is very controversial. In premenopausal wo=men with breast cancer, some med oncs will suppress the ovaries with monthly shots and prescribe antiestrogen pills. Some of these women choose to have the ovaries removed but there is not much data for it. If y carry the breast cancer gene, removing the ovaries reduces ovarian cancer risk mostly rather than breast cancer risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


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How likely is it for breast cancer to spread to the ovaries?

How likely is it for breast cancer to spread to the ovaries?

In late stages: It is likely to spread when there is abdominal metastasis ( peritoneal ) but not common way of metastasis to ovary with out involving other organs like liver lung etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get breast cancer if one of the ovaries are removed?

Is it possible to get breast cancer if one of the ovaries are removed?

Yes: Breast cancer is often affected by estrogen and/or Progesterone (made in the ovary), but not all breast cancers are, and removal of both ovaries reduces, but does not eliminate the risk. If only one ovary is removed, the risk is probably not reduced, as the body will compensate to make the same level of estrogen with the other ovary. ...Read more

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If one has breast cancer, what's the likelihood of it spreading to an ovary?

If one has breast cancer, what's the likelihood of it spreading to an ovary?

Lower than other: sites. There is considerable variation in the spread of breast cancer ovary is not a common site. See this link for more information. http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/what-is-cancer/metastatic-fact-sheet ...Read more

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If you recover from breast cancer how likely is it that you will get cancer of the ovaries?

If you recover from breast cancer how likely is it that you will get cancer of the ovaries?

Rare: App. 10% of women with breast cancer have the hereditary form of breast cancer, who may have a 15-40% chance of also developing ovarian cancer. The other 90% of women with breast cancer should have no greater risk of ovarian ca (1.5%) as the general population. ...Read more

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Can having your ovaries removed prevent breast cancer?

Can having your ovaries removed prevent breast cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Would it be pretty rare for breast cancer to be discovered only after first finding a small tumour on the ovary?

Would it be pretty rare for breast cancer to be discovered only after first finding a small  tumour on the ovary?

No: Breast cancer is common and can be found in any woman at any time. If there is any question of breast cancer, the only concern is to get a pathology diagnosis. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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If breast cancer metastasizes, does it commonly do so to more than one location? Could it just spread to an ovary?

If breast cancer metastasizes, does it commonly do so to more than one location? Could it just spread to an ovary?

Metastasis.: Breast cancer can metastasize to the liver, lungs, bones and brain, just to name a few of the more typical locations. In this context, new symptoms need to be investigated with diligence. ...Read more

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A friend was told to freeze her ovaries or ovarian tissue before her chemotherapy (for breast cancer), is this a common practice or still experimental?

A friend was told to freeze her ovaries or ovarian tissue before her chemotherapy (for breast cancer), is this a common practice or still experimental?

Great option: This is a great option for women interested in having children. Your oncologist should send you to a infertility specialist who can work with your oncology team. Care can be coordinated so that treatment can begin while eggs are harvested. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Ovary (Definition)

The usually paired female or hermaphroditic reproductive organ that produces ova and, in vertebrates, ...Read more