For individuals who are in the early stages of breast cancer opting for a complete mastectomy used to be considered a radical treatment option but that isn't the case anymore for some individuals who want to eliminate the fear of their breast cancer return.

A mastectomy (also referred to as a Preventative mastectomy) is the operative removal of the breast (s) or breast tissue to prevent or reduce breast cancer. Women often decide on a preventive mastectomy in Jupiter if they're at a high risk of getting breast cancer. Having had breast cancer before, a strong family history, lobar carcinoma, BRAC1/BRAC2 genes, radiation therapy applied to the chest, indeterminate breast micro-calcifications or dense breast tissue that impedes diagnosis and more can put women at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Breast surgery (lumpectomy) that conserves the breasts by just removing a tumor is another option but more and more patients are opting for a full mastectomy in Jupiter to avoid worrying about a re-occurrence in the future. It can be difficult to choose between having a lumpectomy and a mastectomy because both procedures are equally effective however a lumpectomy isn't an alternative for everyone dealing with breast cancer. John A.P. Rimmer M.D. and his staff are focused on providing compassionate support and empowering their patients by providing all the information they need to make a well informed decision about the available breast cancer treatment options.

When it comes to preventive mastectomy in Jupiter it's important to know that the procedure can decrease the chances of breast cancer in women who are at a moderate or high risk by as much as 90). While there are drawbacks to having a mastectomy (including bleeding, infection and psychological effects), there are also pluses because the surgery eliminates the constant monitoring of the breasts to ensure that the cancer hasn't returned. In addition patients that opt for lumpectomies often are required to take medications like tamoxifen to help keep cancer from re-occurring.

If you live in the area and have any questions regarding considering a mastectomy in Jupiter, all your available your options, pros and cons of each treatment, and the best way to cope with breast cancer in an empowering and compassionate manner, Dr. Rimmer's office it the perfect place to consider. Call (561) 748-1242 today to schedule an appointment and find out more about how we can help.