Lumpectomy or Mastectomy: Study Highlights Factors Affecting Choice of Breast Cancer Surgery

A new study sheds light on social and economic factors that influence whether women with breast cancer get lumpectomy or mastectomy. The JAMA Surgery report reveals a positive, albeit slow-to-pick-up trend: Between 1998 and 2011, the proportion of U.S. women with early-stage breast cancers who had lumpectomy increased from 48.2% to 59.7%, as reported in Forbes magazine.

While there is much this study does not take into account, most astonishing is how often patients and their doctors overlook the benefits of lumpectomy.

The reality is that lumpectomy often yields a better cosmetic result than mastectomy with reconstruction. Yet many women and doctors don’t know this, or they’re blind to it.

Read the full story in Forbes.

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