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Remove fallopian tubes to cut cancer deaths: B.C. study

B.C. researchers are urging gynecologists to remove a woman’s fallopiantubes during a hysterectomy or tubal ligation as a means of preventingovarian cancer.

B.C. researchers are urging gynecologists to remove a woman’s fallopian tubes during a hysterectomy or tubal ligation as a means of preventing ovarian cancer.

Researchers from the B.C. Cancer Agency and Vancouver General Hospital are asking all gynecologists in the province — and indeed across Canada — to change the standard surgical practice of leaving the fallopian tubes intact when performing the surgeries.

The fallopian tubes, the conduits for eggs between the ovaries and the womb, have typically been left in place.

But Dr. Sarah Finlayson, a gynecological oncologist at Vancouver General, said recent research has shown that at least half of the cases of the deadliest form of ovarian cancer originate in the fallopian tubes — not the ovaries.

 
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