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Preventive / Prophylactic Mastectomy Directory

A preventive or prophylactic mastectomy is surgery to remove one or both breasts to prevent or lower your risk of breast cancer. It is most often done in women who have a very high risk of developing breast cancer. Studies have shown that preventive/prophylactic mastectomy can significantly lower the chances of breast cancer development in women at moderate to high risk of the disease. There are different types of mastectomy. A total mastectomy, in which the breast and nipple are removed, provides the best protection against breast cancer. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about preventive/prophylactic mastectomy, from how and why it's done to what you should ask your doctor if you are considering the procedure, and much more.

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Preventative double mastectomy (also called prophylactic double mastectomy) is surgery to remove both breasts to try to prevent breast cancer. Who gets a prophylactic mastectomy, why, and what are the risks and benefits? Read about the reasons some women consider this surgery to prevent breast cancer before it starts.

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