Nipple-Sparing Surgery is Safe for Women with Gene Mutations
For women with a genetic predisposition to breast cancer, it is shocking to learn that you carry a gene mutation that dramatically increases the chance you will develop breast cancer at some point in your life. Perhaps just as shocking is learning that your best way to prevent breast cancer is to undergo a double mastectomy that changes your body forever. For these women, one way to optimize survival while preserving breast shape is to undergo nipple-sparing mastectomies. Sparing a woman’s nipples has been shown to be safe to preserve life while minimizing deformities, says Dr. Constance M. Chen, plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist.
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