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Remove Second Breast to Prevent Cancer?

Study Probes First Breast Cancer and Decision to Get Preventive Mastectomy in Second Breast

No Rush to Decide continued...

Still, "it's perfectly understandable that maybe women wouldn't want to go through that a second time," Gralow says. "For some women, even a couple percent chance of getting another breast cancer is enough to say, 'I just don't want to deal with it.'"

Gralow says she would support a woman who made that choice, as long as the patient understood the risks and benefits. Her advice: "If you're not sure, you shouldn't do it, because it's permanent."

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