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)


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 cancer Unilateral breast cancer Surgical oncology Prophylactic mastectomy Bilateral prophylactic mastectomy BPM Unilateral/contralateral prophylactic mastectomy CPM Risk reduction Patient selection Psychosocial considerations Outcomes 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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