Things You Need to Know About Preventative Double Mastectomies

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Who Should Get a Double Mastectomy?

Getting a preventative double mastectomy can be a huge decision, and it isn't one that should be taken lightly. Only women who are at a very high risk of breast cancer should consider this type of surgery. You may be at risk if you have one or more of the following factors:

  • Mutated BRCA genes
  • Previous cancer in one breast
  • A family history of breast cancer
  • History of lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)

Further, doctors won't perform this type of procedure until you've gone through the proper genetic tests and counseling. Counseling is required due to the residual psychological effects of a preventative double mastectomy. Age is sometimes a factor as well, but women as young as 25 have gotten this procedure. 

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