Who is a candidate for prophylactic mastectomy?

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Who is a candidate for prophylactic mastectomy?

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Women who are at high risk of breast cancer who may wish to consider prophylactic mastectomy after weighing other preventive options for breast cancer, including: * A strong family history of breast cancer (especially if the breast cancer was diagnosed among several first-degree relatives — mother or sisters — before age 50) * Having tested positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations * A personal history of breast cancer and a high risk for recurrence * Perhaps those who have been diagnosed with lobular carcinoma in situ (a marker for increased breast cancer risk) This is an irreversible procedure, so women who are considering it should be sure to talk with several surgeons, women who have had prophylactic mastectomies, family, friends, and a professional counselor who has experience dealing with patients who have considered this surgery. What are Alternatives to Prophylactic Mastectomy to Help Lower Breast Cancer Risk? Frequent monitoring: If you are at high risk for breast cance

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