FORCE: Update on ovarian cancer prevention research

Thoughts from FORCE

In 2008 FORCE conducted a survey to learn about research priorities for the HBOC community. We learned that women want better methods for ovarian cancer detection and prevention for ourselves, our children, and future generations. For this reason, we have worked closely with researchers exploring new options and we have carefully followed and shared with our community the progress in ovarian cancer detection and prevention.

Since BRCA testing became available, experts have recommended bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy or BSO (removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes) for women with mutations between the ages of 35 – 40 or after childbearing is completed. Until large studies on women with mutations were completed, there was little data and only common sense to back up this recommendation. Later, research proved that for women with BRCA mutations removing the ovaries and tubes lowers the risk of developing and dying from breast cancer and ovarian cancer. I recall…

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