Frequency Cancer Found in the Second Breast Removed for Cancer Prophylaxis

Majid Ali, M.D.

How Often Is Cancer Found in the Second Breast Removed for Cancer Prophylaxis?

Only in 1 to 3%


The subject of removal of the second breast when one is removed for cancer was seldom, if ever discussed, in the first fifteen years of my work as chief pathologist. Now it is a growing concern for women, regardless of what kind of breast cancer they have. Amazingly, this is done sometimes even when the “breast cancer” diagnosed in the first breast is not a true cancer (as is the case with lobular neoplasm which is often diagnised as lobular cancer). This is an important subject which I discuss in articles and videos in “Dr. Ali’s Breast Cancer Course.” posted on this web site.


Frequency Cancer Found in the Second Breast Removed for Cancer Prophylaxis? 

The incidence of breast cancer not detected until the second breast is removed is low – 1 to 3% (references 1 and 2). For a woman, her life is the only life she has. Every single life is as important as any other. So, on the surface justification for the removal of contralateral (second) breast seems self-evident. But this decision is far from simple and straightforward. I discuss it in the articles and videos in “Dr. Ali’s Breast Cancer Course.” posted on this web site.


Suggested Reading:

I especially recommend my article on double mastectomy on this subject posted at this web site with the following title:

DOUBLE MASTECTOMY FOR BREAST ATYPIA – BEWARE OF UNNECESSARY MASTECTOMY


References

1.Goldflam K, et al. Cancer 2004;101: 1977-86.

2. King TA, et al. Ann Surgery 2011;254:2-7.

b, such l.  What  honever discussed

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