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does transgender (female to male) and has surgery to remove the breasts and lymph nodes reduce the risk of breast cancer?

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Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 20 years experience
Probably: In general, transgender surgery does not remove your lymph nodes... Just the breasts. A cosmetic, non-cancer, operation for the breasts can occasionally leave some breast tissue. This may leave you with some risk of breast cancer, but this is probably much less than 5%. Everything still depends on your underlying risk of breast cancer, which may depend on your family history and other factors..

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Last updated Apr 25, 2014

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