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Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Women with mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene should be well-informed about cancer prevention choices
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have tested positive for the breast cancer "gene" (BRCA1), and I have a family history of breast cancer. I don't feel comfortable with the idea of prophylactic mastectomy at this time. (I'm 31.) Are there other things I can do to prevent cancer without surgery? Is there an age when I should definitely consider a mastectomy?
By Judy C. Boughey, M.D., Tribune Media Services
September 27, 2013