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Removing ovaries cuts risk of death in gene carriers

from USA Today

Women who inherit mutations in high-risk genes that sharply increase the risk of breast or ovarian cancer can reduce their risk of death by 77 percent by having their ovaries removed by age 35, a new study shows. The study involved mutations in the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, which cause 5 percent to 10 percent of breast cancers and 15 percent of ovarian cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute. more


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