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Ovary Removal Is Not Tied to Increased Risk of Death

Reuters,  Nov 25, 2011

Despite concerns that removing both of a woman's ovaries would raise her chances of dying from diseases associated with aging, a large new study suggests the procedure may be safe. Researchers found that women who were 45 years old or older when they had both ovaries removed had a slightly lower chance of dying over the length of the study than peers who didn't have the procedure. Often women who are having their uterus removed during a hysterectomy are given the option to have their ovaries removed at the same time. Taking out both ovaries is thought to reduce a woman's chance of developing ovarian cancer, which is hard to test for and catch in its early stages.

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