What is a bilateral mastectomy?

April 14, 2015 4:18 PM

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What is a bilateral mastectomy?

While actresses Angelina Jolie and Rita Wilson recently disclosed that they both underwent a bilateral mastectomy, each had a very different reason for seeking out the procedure.

In Jolie’s case, she underwent a preventative double mastectomy after a test determined that she carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, putting her at a high risk for developing breast cancer. Wilson’s decision came after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma, which was discovered after two surgi...

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