The study says removing healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. It showed the surgery not only lowers the chances of getting either ovarian or breast cancer but also estimated it can reduce women's risk of death by 77 percent.
It also suggested that women with the BRCA-1 gene should have the surgery done as young as 35. Many women with the gene were waiting until after age 40 to do so. Ovarian cancer is particularly deadly as there is no good way to detect it early.
We've already heard about women like actress Angelina Jolie removing her healthy breasts to reduce her breast cancer risk, so this may become part of that bigger conversation a woman could have with her doctor.
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