The 411 on Mastectomies

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What Is a Mastectomy?

It’s a surgery that removes all of the fatty tissue from the breast as a way to treat breast cancer. For some women, removing the whole breast gives them a sense of relief and provides a greater peace of mind about reducing the risk of their cancer coming back. 

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