New research finds fallopian tube removal may prevent ovarian cancer

(WXYZ) - "I understand why she made the decision she did," said Liane Kufchock."

Kufchock is a mom to a 13-year-old girl and an attorney in Warren.  She never thought she would strongly identify with Angelina Jolie.

Then Angelina Jolie shared her story this week. 

Like Jolie, Liane Kufchock's mom died of breast cancer.

"I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy," wrote Angelina Jolie in a New York Times editorial this week.  "But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer."

It is a decision that Liane also made after being diagnosed at age 28 with breast cancer.  Genetic testing revealed that she had genes that put her at high risk of both breast and ovarian cancer. 

Like Jolie says she plans to do, Kufchock had her ovaries removed.  However, she says when at the doctors this week she learned there is new research that might have delayed that decision.

Doctors are learning that ovarian cancer might not start in the ovaries.

"So what we're looking at is a change in what we thought previously, which was that ovarian cancers start in the ovary itself," said Dr. Tom Buekers, M.D. Head of Gynecological Oncology at Henry Ford. "What we found is that over 70 percent of them start in the fallopian tube."

Doctors say more research needs to be done.  Right now they are still recommending women with high risk genes get their ovaries removed for the best protection.  If a woman doesn't want to accept the side effects that come with the removal of their ovaries though, removing only the fallopian tubes is an option.

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