Preventive surgery can cut risk of breast cancer by 90%

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 05 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:735
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Radical surgery to remove all breast tissue and ovaries may be the best treatment option for women with a high risk of getting breast or ovarian cancer, say researchers. Although drastic, the procedure is far more effective than the two other treatment options open to this group of women: yearly mammography and ultrasound scans or treatment with drugs such as tamoxifen.

    About one in 800 women carry a mutated version of the BRCA 1 gene and have a 50-85% chance of getting breast cancer and a 15-60% chance of getting ovarian cancer, say researchers from the Cancer Research Centre at …

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