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Prophylactic Ovary Removal

Women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer sometimes choose prophylactic ovary removal to reduce their risk.

Prophylactic ovary removal is surgery to remove the ovaries and usually the fallopian tubes. Women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer sometimes choose prophylactic ovary removal to reduce their risk. On these pages, you can learn more about why women have their ovaries removed, what the surgery involves, and the potential benefits and risks of prophylactic ovary removal.

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— Last updated on January 21, 2022, 9:07 PM

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