It is well established that deaths from ovarian cancer could fall by as much as 50 % if women getting routine hysterectomies or tubal ligations were to have their Fallopian tubes removed too, as ovarian tumours originate in the lining of the Fallopian tubes. However, the current practice is to leave them intact, except with women who have a known genetic mutation predisposing them to breast or ovarian cancer.

A statistically significant drop in ovarian cancers is expected within 10 years, experts say, once surgeons make the change, but it will take about 20 years to realize the 50 per cent reduction in ovarian cancer mortality rates.

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