Study ties breast cancer gene to high-risk uterine tumors in women who already had ovaries out

March 24, 2014 3:24 PM

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Study ties breast cancer gene to high-risk uterine tumors in women who already had ovaries out

Women with a faulty breast cancer gene might face a greater chance of rare but deadly uterine tumors despite having their ovaries removed to lower their main cancer risks, doctors are reporting.

A study of nearly 300 women with bad BRCA1 genes found four cases of aggressive uterine cancers years after they had preventive surgery to remove their ovaries. That rate is 26 times greater than expected.

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