101: Preventative Double Masectomy

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By Deborah Mitchell for eMaxHealth.com

It’s a decision no woman ever wants to make: having a preventive double mastectomy. Yet Miss America pageant contestant Allyn Rose has made the decision to undergo the surgery, as do many other women each year, because they have a cancer gene that could cause their death. Here are some things you should know about this procedure.

What is a preventive double mastectomy?

The decision to undergo preventive double mastectomy, also known as bilateral prophylactic mastectomy, is sometimes made by women who have learned they have the so-called breast cancer genes–BRCA1 or BRCA2. The presence of these genetic mutations greatly increases a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer.

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