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Definition of Mastectomy, prophylactic

Mastectomy, prophylactic: 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 called a preventative mastectomy.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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