Some women find significant peace of mind in having preventative surgery, because their risk of developing cancer is considerable. Prophylactic mastectomy is surgery to remove one or both breasts in order to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer in the future. The need for frequent surveillance, numerous biopsies, and the fear of developing cancer can be reduced, if not eliminated, with prophylactic mastectomy.
When combined with immediate reconstruction, a woman having, prophylactic mastectomies can wake up from the surgery with reconstructed breasts. When nipple-sparing or skin-sparing mastectomy are combined with autologous tissue reconstruction, the newly reconstructed breasts will be as realistic and natural-looking as possible.
Women considering prophylactic mastectomy are likely to:
If you are or may be at high risk for developing breast cancer, it’s important to discuss all your options for risk reduction and surveillance with your doctors. Prophylactic mastectomy can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer roughly 90 to 95 percent. Nevertheless, making a decision about whether or not to undergo this procedure will obviously be considered very carefully. The availability of high quality breast reconstruction may help make your decision about a prophylactic mastectomy easier.
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