Mayo Clinic Minute: Should Women at High Risk of Cancer Have Surgery?

Women who have the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 are at a significantly increased risk of developing breast cancer. In an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Mayo Clinic researchers examined the management of women who have the genes but who have not yet developed cancer. They looked at risks and benefits of preventive strategies such as mastectomy and ways to help women make decisions about their care.