Removing ovaries as early as 35 may reduce chance of death in BRCA gene carriers

February 25, 2014 6:40 PM

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Removing ovaries as early as 35 may reduce chance of death in BRCA gene carriers

Women who are carriers of one of the "cancer genes" that makes them predisposed to an increased risk for some cancers -- BRCA 1 -- may significantly reduce their risk of developing ovarian cancer if they remove their ovaries by as early as age 35, a new study finds.

The research, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on Feb. 24, also shows that women with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations who have preventive ovary removal surgery -- known as a prophylactic oophorectomy -- lowered their chance of dying before the age of 70 by 77 percent.

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