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Ovarian Risk Reduction Surgery

Related Conditions of Ovarian Risk Reduction Surgery

Ovarian risk reduction surgery is most often recommended for women at high risk of developing ovarian cancer—specifically, women with mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes or those with a family history of ovarian cancer. And indeed, a prophylactic oophorectomy can reduce a woman’s chances of getting ovarian cancer by 80 to 90 percent. In premenopausal women with a BRCA mutation, ovarian risk reduction surgery can also reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by as much as 50 percent.

However, there is a type of cancer much like epithelial ovarian cancer that women who have had ovarian risk reduction surgery can still get. This is called primary peritoneal cancer; it starts outside of the ovaries, growing from the cells that line the pelvis and abdomen.