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Breast cancers in women| who carry breast cancer gene changes/mutations usually occur at a younger age. So, the younger you are when you have risk-reducing surgery, the more likely it is to prevent breast cancer.
However, this is a very individual decision and the potential benefit of risk-reducing surgery must be balanced with other issues such as:
I weighed up all the pros and cons and looked at every option that was available to me. I went ahead with the preventative double mastectomy when I was 24. Becky
I weighed up all the pros and cons and looked at every option that was available to me. I went ahead with the preventative double mastectomy when I was 24.
It’s important to bear in mind that the fitter you are, the less likely it is that there will be complications following surgery. Some types of reconstruction won’t be recommended if you have certain medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, or if you are a smoker, and this may affect your options.
When to have this type of surgery is a very personal choice. Discussing the above points with your breast surgeon and clinical nurse specialist can help you make your decision.
Content last reviewed: 1 September 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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