Definition of Mastectomy, prophylactic

Mastectomy, prophylactic: Removal of one or both breasts without the current presence of cancer. This surgery is sometimes chosen as a preventative measure by women who have a strong history of familial breast cancer. Also called a preventative mastectomy.

Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

Breast Cancer Pictures Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Breast Cancer

Search MedTerms:

Back to MedTerms online medical dictionary A-Z List
Pill Identifier Tool

Need help identifying pills and medications?
Use the pill finder tool on RxList.