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Removing Your Fallopian Tubes Could Reduce Your Risk Of Ovarian Cancer: More Studies Are Needed
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Removing Your Fallopian Tubes Could Reduce Your Risk Of Ovarian Cancer: More Studies Are Needed

Ovarian cancer is called the silent killer because it rarely has any symptoms until the tumors inside have grown beyond a manageable size. The few symptoms that have been linked to this cancer are often mistaken for other conditions or dismissed. Early testing and screenings have failed to be developed or proven to effective, a troubling fact that also increases the number of women who may be at increased risk for this and other types of cancers. But, now doctors are making a shocking suggestion to those at risk women as well as women who are done with childbirth: have the fallopian tubes removed.

Research, which started more than a decade ago, suggests that removing the fallopian tubes, which can be done during any other type of abdominal surgery could reduce the number of ovarian cancer cases that develop, especially in women who are at higher risk. Those woman include those with BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations. For those women, the more radical suggestion of having both the tubes and the ovaries removed could present a different problem including sending them into premature menopause which increases some additional health risks. Instead, according to the doctors who have been studying the benefits of removing the fallopian tubes, leaving the ovaries is fine in most cases.

Dr. Jessica McAlpine, the gynecologic oncologist at Vancouver General Hospital feels that based on the results of a number of studies that just under half of all ovarian cancer cases may have been avoidable if the fallopian tubes had been removed in at risk women. The Canadian studies have also revealed that between fifty and eighty four percent of the high grade (the most serious category) ovarian cancer tumors started first in the fallopian tubes rather than just in the ovaries.

Although more studies will need to be done, the doctors feel that women who have had tubal ligations may also be cutting their ovarian cancer risk by a wide margin. There have been more than forty studies done in regard to this common procedure which shows that the "tube tying" procedure, as it is commonly referred to, may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by one third.

Doctors caution that while it might be worth discussing with your physician, removing the fallopian tubes remains surgery and carries the usual risks associated with all surgical types. Some doctors will discuss the possibility of removing them during other types of surgeries, including exploratory surgical procedures.

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