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Earlier Ovary Removal May Save More Lives of Women with BRCA1 Mutations

Reuters reports that “women with genetic mutations that increase their risk of ovarian cancer have fewer years than physicians thought to make the difficult choice of having their ovaries removed to prevent the often-fatal disease, according to a study published on Monday” in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study found that “Women with BRCA1 mutations who wait until after age 35 to have a ‘prophylactic oophorectomy‘ face a five-times higher likelihood of developing ovarian cancer than those who have the surgery by that age … They also face a four-times higher risk of premature death compared to women who have the surgery by age 35.”

Read the article published by Reuters.