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Occult breast cancer detected in a patient undergoing risk-reducing surgery: case report

Journal of Cancer Prevention & Current Research
Jaime Antonio Hidalgo-Carrera,1 Juan Enrique Bargalló-Rocha,2 Maria Fernanda Ramírez-Valencia,1 Milagros Pérez-Quintanilla,2 David Paredes-Nevárez2

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Prophylactic mastectomy (PM) is performed to reduce the risk of breast cancer in women at high risk. Contralateral mastectomy does not improve survival, but is done for local control, reducing risk and giving symmetry. We present a case of a 39-year-old woman with right breast cancer, who underwent a prophylactic mastectomy of the left breast with immediate reconstruction and a pathology result of a hidden invasive ductal carcinoma.


occult breast cancer, breast cancer, sentinel lymph node biopsy, prophylactic mastectomy, ductal invasive carcinoma, mastectomy, epidermal growth, contralateral cancer, pathology, ductal carcinoma, irregular morphology, acoustic enhancement, right breast, echogenicity, central vascularity