Odds of Having Double Mastectomy Varies by State

Odds of Having Double Mastectomy Varies by State

Younger women diagnosed with breast cancer sometimes opt to have their healthy breast removed along with the one containing the malignancy. In five states, nearly half of all women under 45 have both removed, far higher than the national rates. In fact, the odds of having a double mastectomy (also known as a contralateral prophylactic […]

Mastectomy of Healthy Breast Does Not Extend Life

Mastectomy of Healthy Breast Does Not Extend Life

A new study has shown that a preventative mastectomy of a healthy breast does not extend the life of breast cancer patients. Many women who have breast cancer choose to have a mastectomy of the breast that had the cancerous tumor, but some also have the healthy breast removed as well as a prophylactic measure. […]

Mastectomy of Healthy Breast for Cancer Prevention Usually Unnecessary

Mastectomy of Healthy Breast for Cancer Prevention Usually Unnecessary

Fear of cancer recurrence most commonly drives women to choose double mastectomy as a preventative measure when they still have one healthy breast, but according to a new study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) the surgery is usually unnecessary. The study, from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, […]