Risk-reducing breast surgery
Women may consider risk-reducing breast surgery because they have been told they have a significantly increased risk of developing breast cancer compared to the general population.
The section aims to help you understand what risk-reducing breast surgery is, what it involves, and discusses the possible options for breast reconstruction.
In a section of this size, it isn’t possible to cover all the issues about risk-reducing breast surgery. Our information will hopefully help you to understand more about some of the issues involved. You will then be in a better position to discuss them more fully with a healthcare professional and you’ll know what questions you need to ask.
A lot of the information here is about the different breast reconstruction techniques. Making a decision about whether to have reconstruction or not, and which type of reconstruction to have, can be difficult. Knowing more about the different techniques and what is involved may help you to make these decisions.
Some parts of the section might not be relevant to your situation. The list of contents will help you find information that’s useful for you.
Throughout the section we’ve included some comments from people who have had risk-reducing breast surgery, which you might find helpful. The quotes are from our video about Wendy and her daughter Becky, who both had risk-reducing breast surgery after discovering they had an inherited risk of developing breast cancer. You can watch the whole video.
We hope this section answers some of your questions and helps you deal with some of the feelings you may have. We’ve also listed other sources of support and information, which we hope you’ll find useful.
We can’t advise you about the best treatment for you. This information can only come from your doctor, who knows your full medical history.
If you’d like to discuss this material in this section, or any other concerns you may have, please get in touch.
Wendy was concerned about her risk of cancer. She talked it over with her healthcare team and decided to have risk-reducing surgery. Our video shows her story, and her daughter, Becky's.