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Considerations For Having A Preventive Mastectomy

By Dr. Constance M. Chen

While all women are at risk for breast cancer, particularly those over 50 years old, there are particular factors that considerably raise the risk for women at any age. Understanding and becoming aware of these factors allows those at high risk to explore their options for reducing their risk. The most common risk factor is an inherited genetic mutation that significantly increases the likelihood of developing breast cancer. In some cases, inherited genetic mutations can increase the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer to more than 86%. For women who have seen multiple family members die after battling breast cancer, many decide that the best way they can reduce this risk is with a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy – the preventive removal of both breasts.

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