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during a preventation total/simple mastectomy, do i need some sort of documentation to prove cancer in my family?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Not sure I..: ...Understand your question. If you are having a risk reduction mastectomy, i would assume you have a mutation in brca or other high risk gene, a very strong family history, or some other risk factor that elevates your risk to a point where surgery is justifiable. I would assume this decision was approved by the surgeon after a thorough risk assessment and that should be documentation enough. Of..
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
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..course, I'm assuming you have provided truthful and accurate data to your doctor to allow him/her to reach a valid risk assessment. Otherwise, tsk tsk.
Jan 24, 2014

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Besides cell phones, what are other sources of rf energy that cause cancer?

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How come there are so many new drugs but we cannot find the cure for cancer?

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