Deciding whether or not to have risk-reducing breast surgery is not easy. You may need lots of time to help you make up your mind, so try not to feel rushed into making a decision.
The breast unit at the hospital should have a written procedure (protocol) for the care and support of women considering this type of surgery. If a protocol is not obviously available in your hospital, don’t be afraid to ask to see it to help you make a fully informed decision.
You may find it helpful to hear about the experiences of other women who are, or have been, in the same situation as you. Your hospital team may be able to put you in touch with someone willing to share their experiences. However, it’s important to remember that everyone is different, so what was right for one woman may not be right for you. It’s important to do what feels right for you and to take as much time as you need to make your decision.
If you’re concerned about the impact that developing breast cancer might have on your family, remember this will be greatly reduced by having risk-reducing surgery. And, you won’t have to go through the worry of wondering if you have cancer every time you have screening tests. In fact, you’ll no longer need routine screening tests after surgery.