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Definition of Mastectomy, preventative

Mastectomy, preventative: Removal of one or both breasts without the current presence of cancer. This surgery is sometimes chosen as a preventative measure by women who have a strong history of familial breast cancer. Also known as a prophylactic mastectomy.

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Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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