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I have breast cancer in my family. Should I have surgery to remove my healthy breasts?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: Complex question

Depends on many variables, in particular who in the family developed breast cancer, what age, was it bilateral? Any fam history of ovarian, uterine, or colon cancer.
Seek out a genetic counselor or a high risk breast specialist. After a detailed history they may recommend genetic testing, surgery, or medication - or if your risk is low enough, maybe nothing. High risk women should get mri.

In brief: Complex question

Depends on many variables, in particular who in the family developed breast cancer, what age, was it bilateral? Any fam history of ovarian, uterine, or colon cancer.
Seek out a genetic counselor or a high risk breast specialist. After a detailed history they may recommend genetic testing, surgery, or medication - or if your risk is low enough, maybe nothing. High risk women should get mri.
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Ask GeneticCounselor

Most women overestimate their family risk of breast cancer--this is best determined by genetic counseling followed by brca testing (the gene responsible for many hereditary breast cancers).
If brca+, prophylactic mastectomy (+/-reconstruction) is a very popular option yet it may be too drastic for others. These operations are never emergencies--gather all facts and research what's best for you.

In brief: Ask GeneticCounselor

Most women overestimate their family risk of breast cancer--this is best determined by genetic counseling followed by brca testing (the gene responsible for many hereditary breast cancers).
If brca+, prophylactic mastectomy (+/-reconstruction) is a very popular option yet it may be too drastic for others. These operations are never emergencies--gather all facts and research what's best for you.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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