- By Joel Streed
Breast cancer awareness / contralateral prophylactic mastectomy / 5 questions to ask your surgeon: Mayo Clinic Radio
According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 220,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women each year in the U.S. That means breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in their lifetime. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign started back in 1985 to increase awareness of the disease. On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, breast cancer specialist Dr. Sandhya Pruthi will discuss advancements in treatments and improved survival rates for breast cancer. Also on the program, breast surgeon Dr. Judy Boughey will explain the latest recommendations on contralateral prophylactic mastectomy and discuss whether a healthy breast should be removed as a preventative measure against future cancer risk. And Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeon Dr. Robert Cima shares five questions to ask your surgeon before surgery.
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