Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Should Breast Cancer Patients Have the Other Breast Removed Preventatively?

We know that women diagnosed with cancer in one breast are at greater risk for developing cancer in the other breast.  One of the questions many women ask is, "Should I have the other breast removed prophylactically to avoid developing cancer in the other breast?"  It's a difficult question and very hard to predict, but according to a study of 524 women with breast cancer, there appears to be several things that increase the risk: Having more than one tumor in the same breast when the initial cancer is diagnosed, and having breast cancer that begins in the milk-producing glands.  In these situations, we strongly recommend you talk with your physician and think it over. 

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