There are several different types of mastectomies depending on what kind of surgery is done and how much tissue is removed. Examples include a total mastectomy, partial mastectomy, radical mastectomy, nipple-saving mastectomy, and more. Sometimes, only the breast is removed and other times, the chest muscle and lymph nodes must be removed as well.
Mastectomies are typically done to prevent breast cancer, but they may also be performed to prevent breast cancer in people who are at very high risk — such as women who carry the BRCA gene.
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