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Is Ovary Removal Tied to Colon Cancer Risk?

Posted 13 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Women who have their ovaries removed may have a higher-than-average risk of developing colon cancer, a large study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 196,000 Swedish women who'd had their ovaries removed, the risk of eventually being diagnosed with colon cancer was 30 percent higher than the norm for women their age. The women had their ovaries removed for noncancerous conditions, so a history of ovarian cancer would not explain the findings, the researchers said. Still, the link does not prove that ovary removal contributes to colon cancer risk, cautioned Mia Gaudet, strategic director of breast and gynecologic cancer research for the American Cancer Society. The researchers were not able to account for a number of critical factors, said Gaudet, who was not involved in the study. For one, she said, women who'd undergone ovary removal ... Read more

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Early Ovary Removal May Be Tied to Lapses in Memory, Thinking

Posted 14 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 14 – The younger a woman is when she undergoes surgical menopause, the greater her chances of developing memory problems at an earlier age, new research suggests. Surgical menopause describes the end of ovarian function due to gynecological surgery before the age of natural menopause. It involves the removal of one or both ovaries (an oophorectomy), often in combination with a hysterectomy, the removal of a woman's uterus. "For women with surgically induced menopause, early age at menopause was associated with a faster decline in memory," said study author Dr. Riley Bove, an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School and an associate neurologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. However, she stressed, "These are very preliminary data." Bove said other research suggests a link between a decrease in the hormone estrogen during menopause and mental decline, ... Read more

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Early Ovary Removal May Raise Arthritis, Osteoporosis Risk

Posted 8 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 8 – Women under the age of 45 who have their ovaries removed are more likely to be diagnosed with arthritis and have lower bone mineral density, a predictor of osteoporosis, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data on more nearly 7,700 women from NHANES III, a nationally representative survey conducted between 1988 and 1994. About 45 percent of women who had their ovaries removed were diagnosed with arthritis, compared to 32 percent of women who did not have their ovaries removed. Women who had both ovaries removed before 45 and who never used hormone replacement therapy had on average lower bone mineral density than women with intact ovaries. Women without ovaries were also twice as likely to have very low bone mineral density. The study's authors concluded that women who have their ovaries removed for cancer prevention should be closely monitored for osteoporosis ... Read more

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Ovary Removal May Play a Role in Lung Cancer

Posted 24 Jul 2009 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 24 – Medically induced menopause, particularly when it involves removal of both ovaries, nearly doubles a younger woman's risk for developing lung cancer, a new Canadian study has found. "It's possible that vulnerability to lung cancer is caused by early and sudden decrease in estrogen levels or potentially long-term use of hormone replacement therapy, and further research is needed to explore these hypotheses," study co-author Jack Siemiatycki, a professor at the University of Montreal's Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, said in a university news release. The finding, published online in the International Journal of Cancer, is based on a study of 999 patients from hospitals across Montreal, including 422 women with lung cancer. The researchers analyzed the patients' socio-demographic information, place of residency, jobs, medical and smoking history, and ... Read more

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