The 411 on Mastectomies

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Who Receives This Procedure?

According to Mayo Clinic, a mastectomy is most commonly performed for the following: Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), Stages 1 and 2 (early-stage) breast cancer, Stage 3 (locally advanced) breast cancer and inflammatory breast cancer (more likely in Black women). Also, docs may recommend a mastectomy if you have two or more tumors in separate areas of the breast, you’ve had a lumpectomy but the cancer is still present, and for women who are pregnant. 


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