Prophylactic Mastectomy in Lagos
Some women who are at a high risk of breast cancer choose to have both breasts surgically removed, a procedure known as bilateral prophylactic mastectomy or preventive mastectomy. The surgery aims to eliminate any breast tissue that may become cancerous in the future.
A prophylactic mastectomy is when one or both breasts are removed to minimise the risk of breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, prophylactic mastectomy can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women who have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation.