Removing Healthy Breast of Little Benefit to Breast Cancer Survivors

July 22, 2014

According to a new study, for most women with breast cancer, there does not seem to be a significant survival benefit in having a preventative mastectomy. The survival difference from those who did a preventative mastectomy and those who did not was less than 1% after 20 years. The study did not include women who carry the BRCA gene. The BRCA gene significantly increases women’s risk of breast cancer so preventative surgeries may offer more benefit to these women. Read more here.

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