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When to Consider a Mastectomy

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When to Consider a Mastectomy

When a Mastectomy May Be Necessary

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in women, with about 1 in 8 developing this chronic health condition at some point in their lives. With such shockingly high statistics, it is important for women to know what they can do to effectively reduce their risk.

For many women at an increased risk for developing breast cancer, having this preventative procedure is a viable option to reduce that risk. However, you may still be asking yourself when it’s time to consider a mastectomy. Here’s what you should know:

What is a Mastectomy?

A mastectomy is a preventative breast cancer surgery in which the entire breast is removed in order to remove cancerous breast tissue or reduce a patient's risk of developing breast cancer in the future. There are several types of mastectomies:

  • Simple (or total) mastectomy
  • Modified radical mastectomy
  • Radical mastectomy
  • Skin-sparing mastectomy
  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy
  • Double mastectomy

When to Consider this Procedure

Some of the most common reasons why women may choose to have a mastectomy done include:

  • Have the BRCA mutation
  • Have a connective tissue disease like lupus
  • Have inflammatory breast cancer
  • Have a tumor that is large relative to your breast size
  • Have a tumor larger than 2 inches across
  • Have several areas of your breast affected by cancer
  • Have a breast that was previously treated with radiation therapy
  • Prefer surgery over radiation therapy
  • Are ineligible for radiation therapy

Comprehensive Obstetrics & Gynecology Care in Bishop, CA

With over two decades of serving the Northern Inyo community, the Rural Health Women’s Clinic team is dedicated to providing compassionate care to women of all ages. Whether you’re in need of a routine well-woman exam, want to discuss birth control options, or you’re expecting a new addition to your family—we’re here to provide you with the care you need.

For more information about the obstetrics and gynecology services at Northern Inyo Healthcare District or to schedule an appointment, call (760) 873-2602.