Know the facts: Study finds many double mastectomies unnecessary

September 29, 2017

Know the facts: Study finds many double mastectomies unnecessary

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Women with early-stage cancer in one breast are increasingly choosing double mastectomies — even if they are at low risk of developing breast cancer in the other, healthy breast, a new study published in JAMA found.

Nearly half of women with early-stage breast cancer consider having a double mastectomy, and one in six received it.

“That one in six breast cancer patients chose bilateral mastectomy is really striking. We knew it was increasing, but I don’t think many of us realized just how frequent this is,” said study author Dr. Reshma Jagsi, IHPI member, professor and deputy chair of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan.

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