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Who should have a preventative mastectomy?

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According to the Society of Surgical Oncology, only those women who are at very high risk of breast cancer should consider preventive mastectomy. This includes women with one or more of the following risk factors:

Preventive mastectomy should only be considered after you've received the appropriate genetic and psychological counseling to discuss the psychosocial impacts of the procedure.

  • Mutated BRCA genes
  • Previous cancer in one breast and a strong family history of breast cancer
  • History of lobular carcinoma in situ

SOURCES: The American Cancer Society. Society of Surgical Oncology. 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

SOURCES: The American Cancer Society. Society of Surgical Oncology. 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

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