A young, cancer-free Toronto woman says her decision to have both ovaries and both breasts removed was daunting, but not difficult.
After learning two years ago that she tested positive for a genetic mutation that predisposed her to cancer, opting to undergo the surgeries to lessen her risk of getting the disease was a “no-brainer,” says Leela Goldhar-Waxman, 38.
Today, she is even more convinced she made the right decision. Goldhar-Waxman participated in a clinical trial — the results of which were published Monday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology — that showed that women like her who get both ovaries removed reduce their risk of death from any cause, including cancer, by 77 per cent.
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