Ovary removal option for women with certain mutation

February 12, 2008 2:34:41 PM PST
Certain high-risk women may want to have their ovaries removed.

A new study finds women who carry the BRCA 1 or 2 gene mutations should weigh new findings that say they can lower their risk of developing breast and gynecologic cancers by having their ovaries removed.

However, the benefit depends on which mutation they have. These mutations raise the risk for both breast and ovarian cancers.

Researchers reporting in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found ovary removal significantly reduces the odds of gynecologic cancer in BRCA1 carriers and the risk of breast cancer in BRCA2 carriers.

Scientists say, this study does raise questions, but for some women it may confirm surgery is the right thing to do.