The 411 on Mastectomies

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  • Celebrity Mastectomies
  • What is a Mastectomy?
  • What Happens to Your Breasts?
  • Is Chemotherapy Needed If You Have a Mastectomy?
  • Who Receives This Procedure?
  • Why Have a Mastectomy If You Don’t Have Breast Cancer?
  • What’s BRCA1 and BRCA2?
  • BRCA Genes and Black Women

What Happens to Your Breasts?

Receiving this procedure means that you permanently lose your breasts. But the good news is that, if you choose to, you can have reconstructive surgery performed later on. 

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