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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would it be pretty rare for breast cancer to be discovered only after first finding a small tumour on the ovary?
If breast cancer metastasizes, does it commonly do so to more than one location? Could it just spread to an ovary?
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?
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
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