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Angelina Jolie
More women request bilateral mastectomies
More women request bilateral mastectomies

Some women at high risk for breast cancer because of an inherited gene mutation, including actress Angelina Jolie, are choosing to have preventive double mastectomies. Other women who have cancer in one breast are asking their doctors to remove the other breast removed out of caution. Whatever the reason, more women are having both breasts removed in response to cancer or a cancer threat. Dr. David Euhus, chief of breast surgery in the division of surgical oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, explains the trend and what happens after. What is a bilateral mastectomy, who is it recommended for? Bilateral mastectomy is the removal of both breasts. Sometimes a breast has to be removed to...