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If a transgender (female to male) had surgery to remove the breasts and lymph nodes, would this reduce the risk of breast cancer?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Yes.

A mastectomy does reduce the risk of breast cancer.
It certainly is not completely gone but it definitely helps.

In brief: Yes.

A mastectomy does reduce the risk of breast cancer.
It certainly is not completely gone but it definitely helps.
Dr. Megan Bird
Dr. Megan Bird
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3 doctors agree

In brief: You would think so

But actually not proven.
Also, i doubt that the lymph nodes were removed.

In brief: You would think so

But actually not proven.
Also, i doubt that the lymph nodes were removed.
Dr. Robert Uyeda
Dr. Robert Uyeda
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Dr. Linda Gromko
I would agree that only breast tissue is removed, not lymph nodes. Breast tissue can sometimes be found in the armpit, so any lump or change in the chest or armpit after TOP surgery should be checked out. LGromkoMD
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