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Does having my womb/uterus taken out decrease my chances of breast cancer?

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Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Taking the uterus out would not affect your risk of breast cancer but if you are premenopausal taking the ovaries out would lower your risk.
This of course also has drawbacks(sudden menopause and all it's associated symptoms: hotflashes, mood changes, bone thinning). I would only recommend this if there is a genetic predisposition for breast or ovarian cancer.

In brief: No

Taking the uterus out would not affect your risk of breast cancer but if you are premenopausal taking the ovaries out would lower your risk.
This of course also has drawbacks(sudden menopause and all it's associated symptoms: hotflashes, mood changes, bone thinning). I would only recommend this if there is a genetic predisposition for breast or ovarian cancer.
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Having a hysterectomy does not decrease your risk of breast cancer.
In some cases - removal of the ovaries may decrease your risk - but not if replacement hormones are given.

In brief: No

Having a hysterectomy does not decrease your risk of breast cancer.
In some cases - removal of the ovaries may decrease your risk - but not if replacement hormones are given.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: No

Removing the uterus alone would not decrease the chances of having breast cancer.
Removal of the ovaries might.

In brief: No

Removing the uterus alone would not decrease the chances of having breast cancer.
Removal of the ovaries might.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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