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A 28-year-old female asked:

23andme shows i have a gene that increase breast cancer risk by 1.2. my mom has the same variant and got breast cancer at 53.i plan to get a prophylactic mastectomy because of this.do i see a surgeon?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
This what you want?: Please stop and think. You can't go through life trying to eliminate every risk. You owe it to yourself and to that special person who may choose to love you through your life to keep your body intact and healthy for as long as you can. There are HUNDREDS of genes that modify risks. If you maintain surveillance against breast cancer, it's almost always curable when found. Love casts out fear.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
This is an excellent well balanced answer which am pleased to endorse
Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Mark Burke
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: You should see a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer. H/s should be board certified by the Am. Board of Surgery. They will have a relationship with a Plastic Surgeon they will send you to. Do reasearch. The surgeon should discuss both expander/implant as well as autologous options (most will skip over autologous) and be board certified by the Am. Board of Plastic Surg. www.abplsurg.org

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