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One in three breast cancer patients under age 45 removed the healthy breast along with the breast affected by cancer in 2012, a sharp increase from the one in 10 younger women with breast cancer who had double mastectomies eight … Continue reading

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New research reveals that for women with early-stage breast cancer, misunderestanding the value of surgery lead too many patients to remove a healthy breast when there is no medical reason to do so. Patients were more likely to make this … Continue reading

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Three years ago, Angelina Jolie announced in a New York Times op-ed that she’d had a preventive double mastectomy after testing positive for mutations in the BRCA1 gene, which put her at an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers. … Continue reading

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Not only can men get breast cancer, men can also carry the so-called BRCA breast cancer genes. In this report from CBS News, this fact leads some men to have preventative mastectomies. A mutation in the genes known as BRCA … Continue reading

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Cancer specialists at several major hospitals are working to reduce the growing number of women with breast cancer who want to remove both their unaffected breast and the one with cancer, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. About 20% … Continue reading

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Increasingly, younger women with early-stage cancer in only one breast and no genetic risk factors are choosing to have double mastectomies. But there’s little evidence to suggest that removing the healthy breast will prolong their lives. Now a Duke Cancer … Continue reading

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The rate of breast cancer is holding steady, but federal data released this week shows more women are undergoing mastectomies, in this report from the Orange County Register. From 2005 to 2013, the rate of mastectomy, where the entire breast … Continue reading

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Encouraged somewhat by the experience of Angelina Jolie Pitt, prophylactic mastectomy — also known as preventative mastectomy — is among the different treatment options available to breast cancer patients. Dr. Jay Harness discusses prophylactic mastectomy as a treatment option in … Continue reading

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