New Study on Preventive Mastectomy

Double mastectomy doesn't seem to prolong survival.
A rising number of women with cancer in one breast are deciding to have both breasts removed as a precaution.

But a study from the University of Minnesota finds double mastectomy doesn't seem to provide a major benefit. Researchers say the procedure may increase life expectacny by six months, at most.

The study did not include patients with a strong family history of the disease.
Doctors say double mastectomy might still be the best option for women who carry one of the breast cancer gene mutations known as BRCA.
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