Ovary Plan for Those At Breast Cancer Risk Who Are Also Obese

Ovaries produce estrogen, even after menopause they produce testosterone which can be converted in the body to some estrogen, so removing one's ovaries can be protective against ovarian cancer and by eliminating estrogen protective against breast cancer. Standard gynecologist recommendations for those at the most risk for breast cancer: women who are BRCA mutation carriers, is to have your ovaries out after age 35 and after you are done having children, or after age 45 regardless whether you have had children or not. Now there is another factor to take into consideration: your weight. It is a big decision and one that should be made in consultation with your own gyno. Newest and larger studies looking at women of various risks from very low risk of breast cancer to higher risk of breast cancer have not consistently supported the idea that you need to remove your ovaries if you are at risk for breast cancer, as was just discussed in a recent blog post. So we have been looking for other factors that would lean towards recommending that you kkeep your ovaries or loose your ovaries. One important factor is to know if you have BRCA and that we can help you determine by blood testing. But a new study looking at NHANES III data (large study of women's health across the nation) seems to suggest that if you are actually obese, you may have more heart consequences if you get your ovaries removed, particularly at a very young age. Over time would weight loss reduce breast cancer risk in this group better than removing the ovaries. We have to see. Studies have been confusing on this point as all the long term studies have limited themselves in the number of women they study. They define obese or thin within a range and by having strict weight cut offs they exclude about 30% of the 'thin' population, and about 30% of the obese population becasue they are too heavy. So it's difficult to get advice by looking at the studies yourself because the group studied may not apply to you, and we definitely have to remember, gabbing with your individual gynecologist is what is best.


  1. Signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer Checkout here

  2. For women who have abdominal pain, bloating or discomfort that persists over long periods of time, it's time to be checked by your gynecologist.


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