Prophylactic Oophorectomy: Preventing Cancer by Surgically Removing Your Ovaries

Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations have a significantly increased risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Several options are available for reducing the risk of cancer in these women. One option is preventive (prophylactic) bilateral oophorectomy—the surgical removal of the ovaries. Although removing your ovaries is usually performed to reduce the risk […]