14 doctors weighed in:

Can having your breasts removed prevent breast cancer?

14 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics
6 doctors agree

In brief: It can.....

But I do not recommend it in the absence of a really good reason such as positive brca genes.
:).

In brief: It can.....

But I do not recommend it in the absence of a really good reason such as positive brca genes.
:).
Dr. John Di Saia
Dr. John Di Saia
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Prophylactic double mastectomy (removing both breasts) is only offered to women who are VERY high risk for cancer i.e., women with a BRCA gene. But even removal of both does not absolutely prevent breast cancer... the theory is you may have had it before your surgery and a single cell got away. Consult with an experienced breast surgeon prior to making any decisions
Dr. Deanna Attai
Breast Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

Having a prophylactic mastectomy - removing the breast without any evidence of cancer or disease - can reduce the risk of cancer developing but the risk is approximately 1-3%, not zero.
This surgery is usually performed for women at significantly elevated risk , such as those with a brca gene mutation.

In brief: Not necessarily

Having a prophylactic mastectomy - removing the breast without any evidence of cancer or disease - can reduce the risk of cancer developing but the risk is approximately 1-3%, not zero.
This surgery is usually performed for women at significantly elevated risk , such as those with a brca gene mutation.
Dr. Deanna Attai
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Close, but...

Prophylactic double mastectomy (removing both breasts) is only offered to women who are very high risk for cancer i.
e., women with a brca gene. But even removal of both does not absolutely prevent breast cancer... The theory is you may have had it before your surgery and a single cell got away. Consult with an experienced breast surgeon prior to making any decision.

In brief: Close, but...

Prophylactic double mastectomy (removing both breasts) is only offered to women who are very high risk for cancer i.
e., women with a brca gene. But even removal of both does not absolutely prevent breast cancer... The theory is you may have had it before your surgery and a single cell got away. Consult with an experienced breast surgeon prior to making any decision.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Prophylactic mastectomies when performed on high risk patients does decrease their risk of breast cancer.

In brief: Yes

Prophylactic mastectomies when performed on high risk patients does decrease their risk of breast cancer.
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Studies have shown that women who are at moderate-to-high risk of developing breast cancer may reduce their chance of developing breast cancer by 90% by having both breasts removed (bilateral prophylactic mastectomy).
This can be combined with a reconstructive procedure, at the discretion of the patient.

In brief: Yes

Studies have shown that women who are at moderate-to-high risk of developing breast cancer may reduce their chance of developing breast cancer by 90% by having both breasts removed (bilateral prophylactic mastectomy).
This can be combined with a reconstructive procedure, at the discretion of the patient.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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