Leaving ovaries during hysterectomy may have benefits

March 22, 2013 1:32:04 PM PDT
It's a common practice during a hysterectomy to remove a woman's ovaries, but experts are now saying there may be health benefits to leaving them in.

Scientists found that a women's risk of ovarian cancer diminished when their ovaries were removed, but their risks of dying from other more common causes rose.

They included heart disease and other forms of cancer such as lung and colorectal cancer.

The studies authors say the tradeoff for a lower risk of ovarian cancer in low risk women is not worth losing the benefits linked with conserving the ovaries.