Two thin tubes that connect the ovaries to the uterus have assumed an outsize role in the battle against ovarian cancer.
Research increasingly points to the likelihood that some of the most aggressive ovarian cancers originate in the fallopian tubes. Most doctors now believe there is little to lose by removing the tubes of women who are done bearing children — and potentially much to gain in terms of cancer prevention.
The stakes in this research are high. Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers, cheap killing 14,000 women a year in the United States. It is often diagnosed in the late stages, when it is more difficult to treat.