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Ovaries should be removed if risk of cancer

6th September 2011

A British scientist has suggested that women who have a family history of cancer should consider having their ovaries removed at the age of 40.

Professor Gareth Evans, from the University of Manchester, said women who have inherited genes which mean they are at much higher risk of breast or ovarian cancer should think about ovary removal. He said: "They would be saving their lives. At the moment, they can’t rely on screening. Once they’ve completed their family and if they are over 40, they should consider having their  ovaries removed. We should certainly be steering them in that direction. If your life expectancy is 85, you could lose  25 years of your life if ovarian  cancer hits."

 

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