Can you get ovarian cancer after a hysterectomy?

Yes. "hysterectomy " technically means removal of the uterus, not the ovaries and the uterus. A bso (bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy) means removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes. Even if the ovaries have been removed, there is a very small chance that ovarian cancer can develop from cells that line the abdominal cavity. This chance is much less than 1 in 100.
Yes. A hysterectomy and even tubal ligation appear to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer significantly. It does not eliminate the risk. Even when taking out the ovaries during hysterectomy, a remnant may remain behind and grow into ovarian cancer. Also the lining of the inside of the abdomen called peritoneum may grow to a similar disease to ovarian cancer.

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If you have a total hysterectomy can you still get ovarian cancer?

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. Read more...

Can a woman who has had a complete hysterectomy get ovarian cancer?

Rare if no ovaries. The term complete hysterectomy refers to removal of the uterus and cervix and not the ovaries. The term "complete hysterectomy" is often misused to imply that the ovaries were removed as well. If we can assume the ovaries were removed, it would be very rare to develop ovarian cancer (provided both ovaries are benign at the time of removal) in the future. Read more...
Yes. The ovaries need to be removed to prevent ovarian cancer. However, a disease similar to ovarian cancer, called primary peritoneal carcinoma, can occur ever if the ovaries are removed. This is much rarer than ovarian cancer. Read more...
Oophorectomy. If both ovaries were removed and did not have cancer in them, then the woman will not get ovarian cancer. Read more...

Had hysterectomy in 2001, all gone but one ovary. It quit producing estrogen 2 years ago, can I still get ovarian cancer?

Yes. A yearly check of the ovary at your gynecologist is your best prevention. Ovarian cancer is fairly common and this is worth doing. Read more...
Yes, you can. Any ovary can develop ovarian cancer, even if it has stopped producing estrogen. In fact, the risk for ovarian cancer increases with age. The median age at diagnosis is 63. The good news is that ovarian cancer is rare, and accounts for only 1.3% of all new cancer cases in the U.S. Read more...

My mom, her two sisters and my grandma all developed ovarian cancer Should I get a hysterectomy after I'm done having kids to avoid cancer myself?

Genetic counseling. Yo u ask a very important and relevant questions. Prior to doing anything, strongly suggest you speak with a genetic counselor who can outline your and your offspring's risk of cancer, and as well any additional diagnostic tests that might be performed. Good luck. Read more...

1 great aunt breast cancer@ 71 no other history most women had hysterectomy so don't know if ovarian cancer is issue should I get brac tested?

Personal decision. Your history is not a high risk one. You can ask to have genetic counseling with your breast center to see if your are a good candidate for brca gene testing. You can ask your doctor to run it but unfortunately it is pretty expensive. Check with your doctor. Read more...