The number of women who are opting for preventive mastectomies has drastically increased in recent years. Angelina Jolie announced that she underwent a double mastectomy after learning she had a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which raises the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Why are so many women opting for surgery when survival rates for breast cancer are extremely high when caught at early stages?
The operation doesn't give a 100% guarantee so, is it worth losing both of your breasts?
Harvard Integrative Physician Sara Gottfried, OB/GYN, MD, speaks about the BRCA gene testing, the removal and reconstruction procedures, and the other options that women have besides surgery.