Alternatives

QUESTION: What are the alternatives to tube and ovary removal?

ANSWER: Increased screening for ovarian cancer: You may choose to have ovarian cancer screening twice each year to look for early signs of cancer using a blood test for cancer antigen (CA) 125 and an ultrasound. This may catch ovarian cancer earlier, but the effectiveness of these methods remains unknown.

Birth control pills reduce the risk of ovarian cancer in women. Some evidence suggests birth control pills may also reduce the risk of cancer in women with BRCA mutations. Birth control pills may increase the risk of breast cancer, but the benefits of reducing ovarian cancer risk may outweigh the small risk of breast cancer.

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