Rise in double mastectomies fails to boost cancer survival rate

September 3, 2014 2:26 PM

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The number of women who have both breasts removed following a cancer diagnosis has risen to more than 1 in 10, even as a new study shows the surgery doesn't improve survival over less drastic treatment.

About 12 percent of women opted for a double mastectomy in 2011, up from 2 percent in 1998, according to a study released Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Among those younger than 40, one-third underwent the procedure.

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