Extra mastectomy may not extend life for some breast cancer patients

August 15, 2014 8:35 PM

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - - For some women with early stage breast cancer, removing the healthy breast likely doesn’t afford much of a survival benefit, according to a new study.

“A lot of women with cancer in one breast decide to have both breasts removed to try to improve their survival or life expectancy,” said senior author Dr. Todd M. Tuttle, a surgeon at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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