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Briefly: Health

Newspaper article International New York Times

Briefly: Health

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Removal of ovaries is tied to colon cancer

Removal of the ovaries, a procedure known as oophorectomy, may increase the risk for colorectal cancer, a new study concludes.

In some cases, such as cancer, the ovaries must be removed. They are also commonly removed electively during surgery for hysterectomy to avoid the risk of ovarian cancer.

The study, in the British Journal of Surgery, included 195,973 women in a Swedish health registry who had undergone oophorectomy either prophylactically or for benign conditions between 1965 and 2011. After an average follow-up of 18 years, 3,150 had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. That rate -- 1.6 percent -- is about 30 percent higher than the rate in the general population. The scientists found that the rate of colorectal cancer was lower in younger women and highest in the first four years after oophorectomy. …

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