BUFFALO, N.Y. — A new study released Tuesday suggests that women with BRCA one gene mutations should have their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed by age 35. Women with BRCA two mutations are advised to do so in their 40s.
The study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology tracked 5,800 women with BRCA one and BRCA two gene mutations for more than a decade. Researchers found that preventative ovarian surgery reduced the risk of cancer by 80 percent and the overall risk of death by 77 percent.
Doctors at Roswell Park Cancer Institute say ovarian cancer is very difficult to detect early.
"We've known previously that taking out the ovaries decreases the risk of having ovarian cancer as well as breast cancer, but this is the first trial that showed an improvement in mortality rates," said Dr. Peter Frederick, Roswell Park Cancer Institute assistant professor of oncology.
"It was a no-brainer. I have children and I want to be around for my children. My grandmother had already died; my mother has stage three. It made sense to have them removed," said Nicole, a preventative surgery patient.
Doctors said routine screening for ovarian cancer is not necessary for the general population, but women should be aware of their risk levels.
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