To prevent cancer, more women should consider removing fallopian tubes, experts say
February 2, 2023
There is no reliable screening test for ovarian cancer, so doctors urge women at high genetic risk for the disease to have their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed once they are done having children, usually around the age of 40.
On Wednesday, a leading research and advocacy organization broadened that recommendation in ways that may surprise many women.
Building on evidence that most of these cancers originate in the fallopian tubes, not the ovaries, the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance is urging even women who do not have mutations - that is, most women - to have their fallopian tubes surgically removed if they are finished having children and are planning a gynecologic operation anyway.