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Ovary removal could increase dementia risk

Apr 7, 2006 - 2:01:00 PM , Reviewed by: Priya Saxena
If before age 46 you remove two ovaries, you get a 70 percent increased risk of dementia.

 
[RxPG] Women who undergo an ovary removal may have the risk of facing dementia - a disorder of the brain that sometimes causes emotional disturbances and personality change.

Every year, about 23,000 US women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 14,000 women die from the disease. To reduce the risk of this disease surgeons often prescribe the removal the ovaries.

Researchers led by Walter Rocca at Mayo Clinic studied 2,511 women who had these operations between 1950 and 1987 and matched them with the women who did not undergo ovary removal, reported health portal WebMD.

Rocca's team determined whether the women developed dementia by interviewing a family member or by giving the women a test over the phone.

"If before age 46 you remove two ovaries, you get a 70 percent increased risk of dementia. And we discovered that women who have only one ovary removed before age 38 -- this is a surgery more often done in younger women -- we see a 260 percent increase in dementia, Rocca said.

Dementia is an organic mental disorder characterised by a general loss of intellectual abilities involving impairment of memory, judgment and abstract thinking as well as changes in personality.



Publication: Indo-Asian News Service

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