More patients opt for mastectomy despite limited, early-stage breast cancer

November 23, 2014 4:40 AM

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According to a new study published in JAMA Surgey, researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, have found that more women with breast cancer are opting for mastectomy, including double mastectomy, rather than undergoing breast conservation surgery despite having early stage disease that is limited to one breast.

For the study, researchers analyzed the records of more than 1.2 million adults women with breast cancer treated from 1998 to 2011 from the National Cancer Data Base. Of those, 35.5% underwent a mastectomy. In the 8 most recent years of the study, the odds of breast conversation surgery-eligible wom...

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