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8 things you need to know about removing your Ovaries to prevent cancer

8 things you need to know about removing your Ovaries – Two years ago Angelina Jolie made headlines when she had a preventative double mastectomy. Her mother, grandmother, and an aunt had all died of cancer, and a blood test revealed Jolie was also at risk due to a mutation in the BRCA1 gene.

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In a New York Times op-ed today, Jolie revealed she’d had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removedthis month as well.

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Jolie says routine testing revealed some signs that concerned her doctor. She was tested for ovarian cancer, and to her relief, the results were negative. But after consulting her doctors, she opted to have her ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure.

Jolie wants to be clear: “A positive BRCA test does not mean a leap to surgery.” She wants women to know there are other options, such as taking birth control pills. “There is more than one way to deal with any health issue,” she says, “The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally.”

We spoke with Dr. Steven Waggoner Division Chief, Gynecological Oncology, UH Case Medical Center Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, CWRU School of Medicine, to find out what else women should know about the risks for ovarian cancer and the implications of having your ovaries removed before menopause.

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