Breast removal rates increasing for early cancers in U.S.

November 19, 2014 9:14 PM

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(Reuters Health) - More women in the U.S. are choosing to have their breasts removed for early cancers instead of breast-conserving procedures that deliver equal results, according to a new study.

The researchers don’t suggest that either choice is wrong or right. But they point to a recent 34 percent rise in the likelihood a woman will opt for total breast removal as a trend that needs further study to make sure women are being well informed about their risks.

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