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Prophylactic mastectomy cuts breast cancer risk

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7178.216a (Published 23 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:216
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Prophylactic bilateral mastectomy dramatically reduces the likelihood of developing breast cancer in women with a strong family history of the disease, according to the first study to clarify the value of this previously controversial approach (New England Journal of Medicine 1999;340:77-84).

    The findings, from a retrospective study of 639women who had their breasts removed between 1960and 1993,are being regarded …

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