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Conditions Related to Mastectomy

The most common reason for mastectomy is breast cancer. Sometimes the surgery may be used preventively for women with high-risk conditions such as a previous breast cancer or a close family relationship to someone who had breast cancer. Another related condition leading to preventive mastectomy is having the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, shown to put women at significantly higher risk for breast cancer. Other reasons for preventive mastectomy include having microcalcifications (tiny calcium deposits in the breast) or dense breast tissue that is difficult for doctors to follow, a history of radiation therapy in the chest area, and lobular carcinoma in situ, a condition associated with higher risk for breast cancer.

Locations for Mastectomy