CBS NEW YORK – Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.
Some doctors have renewed calls for some women to remove their fallopian tubes, even if they don’t have a high genetic risk.
It follows what many call a disappointing study about screening for the disease.
Women – even those without a genetic mutation for ovarian cancer – are being urged to consider removing their fallopian tubes.
“I’m not, by any means, advocating that someone who is at average risk go to their doctor and say ‘Hey, do this surgery for me,'” said Dr. Bhavana Pothuri.
Pothuri, a gynecological oncologist at NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center, says the recommendation is for patients who are done having children and already undergoing a procedure.
“Whether it be for a hysterectomy, a cyst removal, treatments of endometriosis or a tubal ligation – should really talk to their doctors about removing their tubes,” Pothuri said.
Pothuri is on the board of the Society of Gynelogic Oncology. The group endorsed a statement about this by the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance earlier this week, following a large clinical trial published in 202 … READ MORE.