Question by  Triskelonnn (23)

When do I get a double mastectomy?

What would be the circumstances?


Answer by  jaimesgirl (1055)

Some women who have a high genetic risk for developing breast cancer choose to have a double mastectomy before any cancer is even diagnosed.


Answer by  Sky75 (216)

You would get a double mastectomy if you had breast cancer in both breast or if you had cancer that was spreading and you wanted the best chance of survival. Sometimes they are given if you have the breast cancer gene and you want to make sure you don't get the cancer.


Answer by  RRGKK (412)

Double mastectomy is usually reserved for when tumors are present in both breasts. Recently, some patients have opted to remove both to prevent a relapse in the other breast. Many choose it if it has spread to lymph nodes. This is a personal decision, as is the choice between lumpectomy and mastectomy. Talk to your doctor about any concerns.


Answer by  Vllad45 (1886)

This is an extreme procedure for someone who has severe, advanced breast cancer or needs to prevent this from developing.

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