Ovarian Cancer: Surgery

Department of Health written question – answered on 20th July 2016.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women had their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to prevent cancer in each of the last five years.

Photo of David Mowat David Mowat The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The following table provides the number of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) with a primary or secondary diagnosis identifying that prophylactic surgery has been performed due to a family or personal history of cancer and a main or secondary procedure of salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes) in each or the last five years.













- Source: Hospital Episode Statistics, Health and Social Care Information Centre.

- Activity in English National Health Service Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.

- An FCE is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FCEs should not be considered a count of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year.

- The following OPCS classification of interventions and procedures codes were used to identify a salpingo-oophorectomy:

Q22.1 – Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes)

Q23.1 – Unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of one ovary and fallopian tube)

Q23.2 - Salpingo-oophorectomy of remaining solitary fallopian tube and ovary

Q24.1 - Salpingo-oophorectomy NEC (not elsewhere classified)

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