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How effective is prophylactic mastectomy if I have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene?

Prophylactic mastectomy can be very effective for women who have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. This, of course, should be a very personalized decision, as there are ways of screening for breast cancer, but studies have shown that bilateral mastectomy can be extremely effective. In some studies, women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene who have undergone prophylactic mastectomy reduced their chances of breast cancer by 90 percent.

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