Current Breast Cancer Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 73–85

Risk-Reducing Mastectomy: Who Is a Candidate and What Are the Outcomes?

Local-Regional Evaluation and Therapy (KK Hunt, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s12609-013-0110-3

Cite this article as:
Newman, L.A. Curr Breast Cancer Rep (2013) 5: 73. doi:10.1007/s12609-013-0110-3


As genetic testing to identify hereditary susceptibility for breast cancer becomes more widely available, interest in prophylactic mastectomy is becoming more popular. Patients with unilateral breast cancer are also pursuing prophylactic contralateral mastectomy for its risk-reducing and symmetry benefits. This review discusses the selection of candidates for prophylactic mastectomy, its benefits, and data on effectiveness of this surgery.


Breast cancerUnilateral breast cancerSurgical oncologyProphylactic mastectomyBilateral prophylactic mastectomyBPMUnilateral/contralateral prophylactic mastectomyCPMRisk reductionPatient selectionPsychosocial considerationsOutcomes

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Breast Care Center, Comprehensive Cancer CenterUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA