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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