Features March 2012 Issue

Ovary Removal Linked to Bone-Thinning, Arthritis

Having ovaries removed before age 45 is strongly associated with low bone density and arthritis in women in later years. Oncologists and epidemiologists at Johns Hopkins University examined the long-term effects of ovary removal on bone health in several thousand women since the procedure is recommended to reduce ovarian and breast cancer risk in those at high risk for these diseases. But the surgery has adverse effects, say Hopkins investigators.

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