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What are the possible drawbacks of preventive mastectomy?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Like any other surgery, complications such as bleeding or infection can occur. Preventive mastectomy is irreversible and can have psychological effects on a woman due to a change in body image and loss of normal breast functions. A woman should discuss her feelings about mastectomy, as well as alternatives to surgery, with her health care providers. Some women obtain a second medical opinion to help with the decision.

This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute

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