Does Prophylactic Double Mastectomy Make a Difference?

Patrick Borgen, MD, shares his thoughts on the ethics and the efficacy of undergoing pre-emptive double mastectomy in women who have a BRCA mutation, which can greatly increase their risk for breast and ovarian cancers.

While studies show that preventive double mastectomies do not significantly improve survival rates, it does reduce risk of anxiety and number of physician visits. Patrick Borgen, MD, shares his thoughts on the ethics and the efficacy of undergoing pre-emptive double mastectomy in women who are BRCA-positive.