QUESTION: If I have a mastectomy with reconstructive surgery, will I still need mammograms every year?

ANSWER: If you undergo a bilateral (“double”) mastectomy with or without reconstruction, you will no longer need yearly mammograms. However, if you undergo a unilateral (one-sided) mastectomy, then each year, a mammogram of the opposite breast should be performed.

Occasionally, women or their doctors discover a lump or change in a breast reconstructed with either implants or soft tissue. Mammography and breast ultrasound can be used to evaluate those changes or areas of concern.

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