To summarize published evidence supporting current strategies for the prevention of epithelial ovarian cancer in women with a genetic, elevated risk for the development of this disease, as well as the emerging data on the novel salpingectomy with delayed oophorectomy (SDO) strategy. Furthermore, we will explore whether salpingectomy alone is a viable risk-reducing strategy for these women. We will also discuss current national guidelines for risk-reducing surgery based on patients’ individual genetic predisposition.
MEDLINE, PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Database, with a focus on randomized controlled trials and large prospective, observational studies.
The key search terms for our review included Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): “salpingectomy”, “ovarian cancer”, and “risk-reducing surgery”.
The fallopian tube is now well established as the site of origin for most ovarian cancers, particularly high-grade serous carcinomas. This finding has led to the development of new preventive surgical techniques, such as SDO, which may be associated with fewer side effects. Until the results of ongoing trials are reported and SDO’s impact on ovarian cancer risk reduction is established, however, it should not be recommended outside of clinical trials, and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy remains the treatment of choice for risk-reducing surgery, especially in women at a genetic, high risk for ovarian cancer.
The decision to undergo risk-reducing surgery among women at elevated risk for ovarian cancer should be made after comprehensive consultation and individually based on genetic predisposition, childbearing status, and personal preference.

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