New study offers advice for women with the BRCA1 gene

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New study offers advice for women with the BRCA1 gene

February 24, 2014 Updated Feb 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM CDT

A new study suggests women who test positive for the breast cancer gene, also called BRCA1, should have their ovaries removed by age 35.

Gene carriers are known to have an increased risk for breast and ovarian cancers.

"Removing the ovaries and fallopian tubes really does have a positive impact on that woman, and reduces her risk of ovarian cancer tremendously and also improves her survival,” said Dr. Ursula Matulonis of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

The study also suggested women with the BRCA2 mutation have slightly less risk for ovarian cancer and can wait until their 40s to have their ovaries removed.

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