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Ovaries Removed and Lung Cancer Risk Ovaries Removed and Lung Cancer Risk

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Unread 08-20-2012, 04:57 AM
Ovaries Removed and Lung Cancer Risk

I had a total hysterectomy in 2000, due to a strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer. I am just finding out now that women who had there ovaries removed have a greater chance of lung cancer. Why is this? How big is the risk? If I would of know this in 2000 I would of thought about my decision more even with the strong history of breast and ovarian cancer to have my ovaries out. I'm very concerned. If someone could tell me why this puts you at a greater risk, I would appreciate it.
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Unread 08-20-2012, 04:58 AM
Re: Ovaries Removed and Lung Cancer Risk

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Unread 08-20-2012, 06:47 AM
Re: Ovaries Removed and Lung Cancer Risk

When I was doing my research before my surgery, I believe I read that there is an increase, but the exact cause was unknown.
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Unread 08-21-2012, 12:32 PM
Re: Ovaries Removed and Lung Cancer Risk

That connection was only noticed in 2009. Researchers in Canada were studying lung cancer patients and came up with this unexpected connection. They didn't know the reason for the connection, but guessed it may be the estrogen levels. Here is a link to an article in the New York Times about it.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/health/24ovary.html
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