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Study : Ovary removal reduces risk of death from any cause in people with BRCA mutations

Relevance: High

Strength of Science: High

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Most relevant for: People who have had a risk reducing bilateral oophorectomy

People who test positive for an inherited BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation can reduce their risk of ovarian cancer by having both ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. A study published in 2024 found an added benefit of this surgery – a lower risk of death from any cause by age 75. (Posted 5/23/24)

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Study : Genetic testing among people with cancer can find mutations that may affect treatment and prevention

Relevance: High

Strength of Science: High

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Most relevant for: People diagnosed with cancer who have not yet had genetic testing

Despite national guidelines recommending genetic testing, less than 10 percent of eligible patients had genetic testing within two years after their cancer diagnosis. Among those who had testing, 10-30 percent had an inherited mutation that could affect their medical care. (Posted 3/15/2024)

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Article : Genetic testing and the future of medicine

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Quality of Writing: Medium-High

Most relevant for: People interested in genetic testing.

An article published in Katie Couric Media discusses genetic testing and how it can impact health. The author talked with Dr. Robert Steiner, a doctor who specializes in genetics. He talked about genetic testing and how the results can affect health and change lives. (Posted 9/28/23)

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Relevance: Medium-Low

Quality of Writing: Medium

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Article : Promising drug for cancer treatment begins clinical trials

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Quality of Writing: Medium

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Most relevant for: People with solid tumors.

Researchers at City of Hope are testing a new type of cancer treatment drug. When tested in animals and cells taken from human cancers, this new drug prevented the growth of many types of cancer. Initial clinical trials in people have just started. (Posted 9/7/23)

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Topic : Reducing ovarian cancer risk without removing the ovaries

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Most relevant for: People who are not at high risk of ovarian cancer who are having pelvic surgery

A leading ovarian cancer organization has recommended that all women who have pelvic surgery should also consider removing their fallopian tubes to reduce their risk of ovarian cancer. (Posted 7/18/23)

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Topic : Impact of new laws on cancer treatment during pregnancy

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Most relevant for: People who have cancer who are pregnant

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2022 that abortion is no longer a protected right under the Constitution.  This landmark decision leaves regulation of abortion to the states. Cancer treatment during pregnancy may now be impacted in states that have abortion bans or limitations. (Posted 5/31/23)

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Study : Early removal of ovaries may be linked to small increase in risk of Parkinson’s disease in later life

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Strength of Science: Medium-High

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Most relevant for: Women considering risk-reducing removal of both ovaries

The lifetime risk of developing Parkinson’s disease is low. However, having surgery to remove both ovaries before natural menopause can slightly increase the risk of Parkinson's disease later in life. Researchers studied over 20 years of medical records, which confirmed this small increase in risk, particularly for women who have their ovaries removed before age 43. (Posted 5/3/23)

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Study : Hormonal birth control may reduce ovarian cancer risk in people with BRCA mutations

Relevance: Medium-High

Strength of Science: Medium

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Most relevant for: Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations who are interested in reducing their ovarian cancer risk

Hormonal birth control pill is linked to reduced ovarian cancer among people with an inherited BRCA mutation. Longer-acting forms of birth control given by implant, injection or as an intrauterine device may be associated with lower ovarian cancer risk for people with an inherited BRCA mutation. (Posted 4/28/23)

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Study : Increasing soy in your diet may lower your cancer risk

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Most relevant for: People interested in reducing cancer risk

This study looked at a link between a diet rich in soy and cancer risk. With the addition of more recent literature, this study suggests that soy lowers the risk of cancer in the general population. (Posted 2/24/23)

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Study : Frequent aspirin use may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer

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Strength of Science: Medium-High

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Most relevant for: Healthy people at high-risk of ovarian cancer.

Aspirin may help lower the risk of ovarian cancer in people who have a high risk of the disease, according to a new analysis of 17 studies. While other preventive strategies have been found to more effectively lower the likelihood of developing ovarian cancer in high-risk women, taking aspirin daily or almost daily may reduce a person’s risk of developing ovarian cancer by 13 percent. The benefit was greater among people with additional risk factors for the disease. (Posted 2/22/23)

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