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Can you get ovarian cancer after a hysterectomy?
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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Michael Thompson
I agree with Dr. Webster, and this is likely getting too detailed for HT, but cells similar to (related to development in the embryo) ovarian cells may be in the peritoneum (abdominal lining). A cancer of those cells is called primary peritoneal carcinoma and is treated similar to ovarian cancer.
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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