Study finds mixed results for benign oophorectomy

03/11/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

A study in Obstetrics & Gynecology found women who choose bilateral oophorectomy during hysterectomy for benign reasons may have a lower risk of ovarian cancer death than women who keep their ovaries, but the procedure did not reduce risk of other mortality and was linked to higher mortality risk among some of those who had not used estrogen therapy. Women who face high risk of ovarian and breast cancer should strongly consider the procedure, researchers noted, but "the association of oophorectomy with increased mortality in the overall population has substantial public health implications."

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