London, Sept 6 (ANI): Older women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer should have their ovaries removed, a leading scientist has said.
Professor Gareth Evans claims it is the only way to protect against deadly tumours, which cannot be picked up by ultrasound and blood test screening.
Women who have already reached middle-age and finished having children would be most suitable for the procedure, as removal of the ovaries triggers the menopause and can lead to heart problems or brittle bones in the young.
"At the moment they can't rely on screening. Once they've completed their family and if they're over 40, they should consider having their ovaries removed," the Telegraph quoted Prof Evans as saying.
"It's a pretty small procedure. You've been through the menopause so you're not going to plunge into hot flushes and other symptoms.
"If your life expectancy is 85, you could lose 25 years of your life and die within a year if ovarian cancer hits," he added. (ANI)