A new study of more than 30,000 women who had a hysterectomy shows an overall higher risk of dying if women have their ovaries removed than if they leave them intact. The study looked exclusively at women who had a hysterectomy for “benign disease.” This is part of the large Nurses Health Study, a group of women that researchers have followed for 28 years. The study was published in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Researchers found that women’s risk of ovarian cancer diminished when their ovaries were removed, but their risks of dying from other, more common causes rose. Based on the results, “it looks like, if given a choice, you should keep your ovaries,” said Leslie Bernstein, a professor at City of Hope cancer center, who was not involved in the study.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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