Mastectomy Topic Guide
Mastectomy: A mastectomy is a procedure to remove a woman's entire breast -- and sometimes underlying muscle and lymph node tissure -- in the hopes of eradicating breast cancers. There are different types of mastectomies, including types that preserve nipple tissue in the interest of breast reconstruction and prophylactic mastectomies that are performed before any cancer is dectected. Plastic surgeons can aid in breast reconstruction if a woman chooses to undergo the additional procedures.
Breast Cancer Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer in women. Symptoms and signs of breast cancer include breast lumps, nipple discharge or inversion, or changes in the breast's skin. Treatment typically involves some type of surgery and depends upon the staging of the cancer, the tumor type, and the person's health.
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