Understanding risk-reducing breast surgery

Booklet
Published: 31 Oct 2018
Next review: 31 Oct 2021
Edition: 6
This booklet is for anyone who is thinking about having risk-reducing breast surgery. You may consider this if you have a high risk of developing breast cancer.
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Published: 31 Oct 2018
Next review: 31 Oct 2021
Edition: 6
This booklet is for anyone who is thinking about having risk-reducing breast surgery. You may consider this if you have a high risk of developing breast cancer.

About this booklet

This booklet is for anyone who is thinking about having risk-reducing breast surgery. You may consider this if you have a high risk of developing breast cancer.

The booklet explains what risk-reducing breast surgery is and what it involves. It talks about the different options for risk-reducing breast surgery, and the possible benefits, risks and limitations of each type of surgery.

Visit our online information about risk-reducing breast surgery.

Please note on page 46 we incorrectly say that is estimated that between 1 in 4000 and 1 in 800 women who have a breast implant will develop BIA-ALCL. The text should say, "The risk of this is extremely small with implants currently in use. the risk varies with the type of implant used."

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