Double Mastectomy Might Not Improve Cancer Survival Rate
A study looking at 189,000 breast cancer patients found women who underwent double mastectomies had the same survival rate as those who did not.By Christine Slusser | September 3, 2014
The number of women with breast cancer choosing to have a double mastectomy, which removes both breasts, is rising.
But new research suggests women who remove only the cancerous breast have just as high of a survival rate, about 82 percent over a 10-year period, as those who remove both.
"It's what some doctors are calling an epidemic. ... There's no medical rationale for these double mastectomies in women without a genetic risk, and now a study showing it doesn't improve their survival." (Video via CTV)