Mastectomy for breast cancer prevention

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Jump to navigation. We reviewed the evidence on whether risk -reducing mastectomy RRM reduces death rates from any cause in women who have never had breast cancer and in women who have a history of breast cancer in one breast. Also, we reviewed the effect of RRM on other endpoints, including breast cancer incidence, breast cancer mortalitydisease-free survival, physical morbidityand psychosocial outcomes.

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Prophylactic mastectomy is a surgery to remove one or both breasts; prophylactic meaning a preventative measure, done in hopes of reducing your risk of breast cancer. Bilateral prophylactic mastectomies, or double mastectomies, are the removal of both breasts. It is also important to be aware that while removing the opposite breast reduces the risk of developing a new cancer, it does not change the outcome from the existing cancer.

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Back to Breast cancer in women. Some treatments are available to reduce the risk in women who have a higher risk of developing the condition than the general population. Studies have looked at the link between breast cancer and diet, and although there are no definite conclusions, there are benefits for women who:.

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I feel lucky I was able to make this choice that they didn't get to. To say I have a family history of breast cancer would be an understatement. All five of my already-diagnosed family members tested positive for BRCA My father, who did not have cancer, also tested positive.

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Prophylactic bilateral mastectomy, or preventive removal of the breasts, is an option for women who are at increased risk of developing breast cancer. Among the highest risk groups are those women with a significant family history of breast cancer and those with a known genetic predisposition to the disease. There are many issues surrounding prophylactic mastectomy.

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Prophylactic mastectomy may reduce your risk of breast cancer. Learn how doctors assess breast cancer risk and how prophylactic mastectomy may help prevent breast cancer. One such question is whether to have preventive mastectomy prophylactic mastectomy — surgery to remove one or both breasts in hopes of preventing or reducing your risk of breast cancer.

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Can a woman have risk-reducing surgery if she has already been diagnosed with breast cancer? What are the cancer risk reduction options for women who are at increased risk of breast cancer but not at the highest risk? Two kinds of surgery can be performed to reduce the risk of breast cancer in a woman who has never been diagnosed with breast cancer but is known to be at very high risk of the disease.

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The high incidence and recurrence rate of breast cancer has influenced multiple strategies such as early detection with imaging, chemoprevention and surgical interventions that serve as preventive measures for women at high risk. Prophylactic mastectomy is one of the growing strategies of breast cancer risk reduction that is of a special importance for breast cancer gene mutation carriers. Women with personal history of cancerous breast lesions may consider ipsilateral or contralateral mastectomy as well.

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Several medical management approaches have been shown to be effective in preventing breast cancer and detecting it early among women at elevated risk: 1 prophylactic mastectomy; 2 prophylactic oophorectomy; 3 chemoprevention; and 4 enhanced screening routines. To varying extents, however, these approaches are substantially underused relative to clinical practice recommendations. This article reviews the existing research on the uptake of these prevention approaches, the characteristics of women who are likely to use various methods, and the decision-making processes that underlie the differing choices of women.

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Thinking about cancer or dealing with cancer risk can be scary or overwhelming, but we believe that receiving information and resources is comforting, empowering, and lifesaving. This surgery can be expensive; some women may face high deductibles or co-payments. Unfortunately, some companies still consider prophylactic mastectomy to be medically unnecessary, and they routinely deny such requests, even for women with high hereditary risk for developing the disease.

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