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Identical Twin of woman with ovarian cancer and hysterectomy?

sallyeb
Posts: 3
Joined: Sep 2002

My friend has ovarian cancer, stage 3, her twin sis is considering having a hysterectomy and oophorectomy. Both are 50, neither has had children.
I read the dialog on getting ovarian cancer, and not even having ovaries!
And the one that the hysterectomy doesnt always protect you.
Any more input??

crtsang
Posts: 105
Joined: Nov 2000

Genetics aren't the whole story. Still, I think your friend should do whatever makes her feel most comfortable. Yes, it's true that a hysterectomy and oopherectomy don't always protect you. Then again, there are statistics for preventive breast removal that show it helps. Your friend won't find guarantees, because there just plain aren't any. Having the surgery almost certainly reduces the odds.
For what it's worth...
Carol

serenity7
Posts: 3
Joined: Apr 2006

Genetic testing for BRCA1/BRCA2 will show if your friend has significantly increased risks for developing ovarian or breast cancer. I have family history of ovarian cancer and had the test done and was positive. I opted to have ovaries, uterus, cervix removed. Also, recommend she talk with genetic counselor prior to having testing done.

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