Preventive mastectomy does little to extend life of breast cancer patients

July 16, 2014 10:37 PM

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Preventive mastectomy does little to extend life of breast cancer patients

For most women with breast cancer, there doesn't seem to be a significant survival benefit from having their healthy breast removed as well, new research suggests.

In recent years, more women with cancer in one breast have been choosing to have the other breast removed as a precaution -- known as a prophylactic or preventive mastectomy. But this new study finds that over 20 years, the survival benefit between women who've had a preventive mastectomy and those ...

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