Breast cancer risk following bilateral oophorectomy in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers: An International Case-Control Study

Andrea Eisen, Jan Lubinski, Jan Klijn, Pal Moller, Henry T. Lynch, Kenneth Offit, Barbara Weber, Tim Rebbeck, Susan L. Neuhausen, Parviz Ghadirian, William D. Foulkes, Ruth Gershoni-Baruch, Eitan Friedman, Gadi Rennert, Teresa Wagner, Claudine Isaacs, Charmaine Kim-Sing, Peter Ainsworth, Ping Sun, Steven A. Narod

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to estimate the extent of protection offered against breast cancer by prophylactic oophorectomy in carriers of BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations and to determine to what extent risk reduction varies with age at oophorectomy, age at diagnosis, and time elapsed since surgery. Patients and Methods: We analyzed 1,439 patients with breast cancer and 1,866 matched controls derived from a registry of BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers. We estimated odds ratios (ORs) of breast cancer for having had a bilateral oophorectomy, using conditional logistic regression, matched for parity and for oral contraceptive use. Results: A previous history of oophorectomy was associated with a significant reduction in breast cancer risk of 56% for BRCA1 carriers (OR = 0.44; 95% CI, 0.29 to 0.66) and of 46% for BRCA2 carriers (OR = 0.57; 95% CI, 0.28 to 1.15). The risk reduction was greater if the oophorectomy was performed before age 40 (OR = 0.36; 95% Cl, 0.20 to 0.64 for BRCA1 carriers) than after age 40 (OR = 0.53; 95% CI, 0.30 to 0.91). The protective effect was evident for 15 years post-oophorectomy (OR = 0.39; 95% CI, 0.26 to 0.57). Conclusion: Oophorectomy is an effective means of reducing the risk of breast cancer in carriers of BRCA1 mutations. The data suggest oophorectomy is protective in BRCA2 carriers as well, but needs to be confirmed in other studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7491-7496
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number30
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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Eisen, A., Lubinski, J., Klijn, J., Moller, P., Lynch, H. T., Offit, K., Weber, B., Rebbeck, T., Neuhausen, S. L., Ghadirian, P., Foulkes, W. D., Gershoni-Baruch, R., Friedman, E., Rennert, G., Wagner, T., Isaacs, C., Kim-Sing, C., Ainsworth, P., Sun, P., & Narod, S. A. (2005). Breast cancer risk following bilateral oophorectomy in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers: An International Case-Control Study. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 23(30), 7491-7496.