Understandably, when diagnosed with breast cancer, many women are of the opinion: "Just remove both my breasts so I won't have to worry anymore". Despite what may seem so obvious, the data simply do not support this assertion.
The performance of mastectomy in general has recently undergone significant scrutiny. There is simply no survival advantage offered by mastectomy over breast conservation. Therefore, removing a contralateral unaffected breast will have no clinical benefit.