Removal Of Ovaries Associated With Lower Risk Of Dying Of Breast Cancer In Women With BRCA1 Mutation

April 23, 2015 3:27 PM

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According to results of a new study, women diagnosed with breast cancer who carry a BRCA1 gene mutation, removal of the ovaries–a procedure known as an oophorectomy— reduced the chance of dying from breast cancer by 62%.

Those women who carry a mutation in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene encounter a 70% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. These women also face high chances of developing new primary breast and ovarian cancers after they are initially diagnosed with breast cancer.

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