About BRCA Preventative Breast Cancer Surgery
BRCA1 and BRCA2 are inherited gene mutations that increase breast cancer risk.
A woman’s risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer is greatly increased if she inherits the BRCA1 gene or the BRCA2 gene.
The most common risk-reducing surgery is bilateral prophylactic mastectomy (also called bilateral risk-reducing mastectomy). Bilateral prophylactic mastectomy may involve complete removal of both breasts, including the nipples (total mastectomy) or it may involve removal of as much breast tissue as possible while leaving the nipples intact (nipple-sparing mastectomy). Following the mastectomy, natural tissue perforator flap breast reconstruction can be done to restore a more natural look and feel without sacrificing muscle.
Additional information about hereditary risk for breast and ovarian cancer may be found by visiting the website of FORCE, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered.
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