Ovary removal may improve breast cancer survival with gene mutation

April 23, 2015 6:01 PM

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(Reuters Health) - Women with a gene mutation that puts them at a high risk of breast and ovarian cancers have better survival odds if their ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed soon after a breast cancer diagnosis, suggests a new study from Canada.

Women with the BRCA1 gene mutation who were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and had salpingo-oophorectomy were 62% less likely to die from the cancer over more than a decade, compared to women who didn’t have the procedure.

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