According to a recent health study report published in www.independent.co.uk, women who have a particular genetic condition or inclination to breast and ovarian cancer can undergo surgeries to prevent this condition from developing.
The research took into consideration 2,500 women and found out that carrying out surgeries to remove breasts, ovaries or fallopian tubes helped the women with particular genetic mutations to prevent their body from getting cancer affected. This is the first of its kind study that has proved that women can live for longer if they undergo these surgeries.
The study also brought out the fact that it is important for women to undergo gene testing if anyone in the family has been a victim of breast or ovarian cancer. Christina Applegate had a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer, as she had inherited a genetic fault known as the BRCA1 mutation.
The research has been done by the scientists at the Northwestern University, says the report published in www.ninemsn.com.au. The research showed that women who underwent corrective and preventive surgeries showed no signs of breast or ovarian cancer in the following three years.
It was seen that 7% women who did not go any surgeries got affected with cancer in the same period. Women who removed their breasts, fallopian tubes and ovaries got rid of cancer risks completely. The research has brought forward the benefits of these surgeries.
According to the researcher Virginia Kaklamani, “primary care physicians, gynecologists and women need to be more aware that these tests exist. So if a woman has a family history of ovarian cancer or breast cancer, the woman can be genetically tested. Testing should not start with the oncologists.”
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