prophylactic surgery

Definition / meaning of prophylactic surgery

Surgery to remove an organ or gland that shows no signs of cancer, in an attempt to prevent development of cancer of that organ or gland. Prophylactic surgery is sometimes chosen by people who know they are at high risk for developing cancer.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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