(WWLP) A new study suggests that women who test positive for the BRCA-1 gene, also known as the “breast cancer gene,” are also at a much higher risk for developing ovarian cancer. The study also found that women who test positive for the gene have an 80% reduced risk of developing ovarian cancer if they have their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed by the age of 35.
Such a procedure would result in infertility and immediate menopause, so NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman advises that women doing so consider banking their eggs before the procedure.
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