A doctor in UK has been advising women who fall in the risk
category for Ovarian Cancer to remove their Fallopian Tubes as a precautionary step to prevent Ovarian Cancers. Cancer Research UK doesn't agree with this however.
Prof Sean Kehoe of the charity Wellbeing of Women at the
University of Birmingham was in support of fallopian tube
removal and argued
that salpingectomy could be of help to several women. His advice comes in
correlation to the recent studies pointing out to the fact that the Fallopian
tubes account for the origination of nearly 50% of Ovarian Cancers
several more research studies are underway globally.
What is Ovarian Cancer?
are cancerous tumors originating from ovary. Almost 90% of the ovarian cancers
are classified as "epithelial tumors" as they originate from the epithelial
tissues at the surface of the ovary. Several studies have already shown that
the fallopian tubes as source for ovarian cancers with some evidences proving
the theory of fallopian tubes being the source for ovarian cancers.
The Ovarian cancer is currently managed by chemotherapy
or surgery in advanced stages. Radiation therapy
is mostly avoided in Ovarian
Cancer as it involves the risk of damaging the vital organs in the peritoneal
In order to prevent ovarian cancer, this doctor has suggested salpingectomy for women with BRCA mutations, since the BRCA gene mutations are associated with higher risk for ovarian and
Cancer Research UK has however ruled-out the theory of fallopian tube removal
stating that there was no direct evidence on effectiveness of salpingectomy in
preventing ovarian cancers.