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Preventive oophorectomy reduces risk of death by 77 percent for women with BRCA mutation
Date:2/24/2014

n opts to delay the surgery until age 40 or 50, her chance of developing ovarian, fallopian tube or peritoneal cancers jumps to 4 and 14.2 per cent, respectively."

While oophorectomy is a safe procedure, it can carry some complications, including premature menopause.

"After an oophorectomy, the long-term effects on a woman's cardiovascular health and her bone health are less well known, and further research is needed," Finch added.

Finch and Dr. Narod, along and colleagues from Women's College Hospital and the University Health Network, are now examining these potential impacts in a new study to gain a better understanding of the risks of a preventive oophorectomy for women with a BRCA mutation.

While the decision to undergo oophorectomy is life altering, particularly for young women, these findings showing the clear benefit of this surgery on cancer risk and mortality and will strengthen the recommendation for this surgery, the researchers said.


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Contact: Julie Saccone
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416-323-6400 x4054
Women's College Hospital
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