The American Cancer Society lists several ways to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, in addition to having your ovaries removed. Having a hysterectomy, even without removing the ovaries, may reduce your risk of ovarian cancer. Taking birth control pills can also decrease your risk of ovarian cancer, especially if you take the pills for several years.
Using oral contraceptives for five years can cut your risk of ovarian cancer in half. But oral contraceptives can have other serious side effects that you should discuss with your health care provider.
If you have questions about hysterectomy or about your risk of ovarian cancer, talk to your health care provider.
Healthline. Ovarian Cancer After Hysterectomy: Is it Possible? Ann Pietrangelo. Web. September 2, 2015.
WebMD. Women’s Health: Hysterectomy. Web. September 2, 2015.
American Cancer Society. Surgery for uterine sarcomas. Web. September 2, 2015.
Reviewed Sept 3, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith