Treatment: Bilateral Mastectomy

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Bilateral Mastectomy

Bilateral mastectomy is the surgical removal of both breasts. Bilateral mastectomy may be performed to treat breast cancer that has affected both breasts. Some women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the earliest stage of breast cancer, may choose to undergo bilateral mastectomy to prevent the spread of breast cancer. Prophylactic bilateral mastectomy may be performed in order to help prevent breast cancer in women at an extremely high risk for developing breast cancer. Factors that greatly increase breast cancer risk can include having a genetic mutation related to breast cancer (BRCA1 or 2) or having a very strong family history of breast cancer. While prophylactic bilateral mastectomy poses risks associated with surgery, some studies have found that it can decrease a woman's risk for developing breast cancer by as much as 90 percent.

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