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Double mastectomy doesn't boost cancer survival rates: Study

Published on Sep 3, 2014 8:58 AM
 
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie famously announced last year she had a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of one day developing breast cancer, because she has a genetic mutation that substantially increases breast cancer risk. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Women fighting cancer in one breast don't benefit from having both breasts removed, according to new research out on Tuesday that found long-term survival was equivalent after targeted surgery plus radiation.

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie famously announced last year she had a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of one day developing breast cancer, because she has a genetic mutation that substantially increases breast cancer risk.

And a growing number of women have begun choosing the most radical surgical option - the double mastectomy to remove all breast tissue - after a diagnosis, even when cancerous tissue was found only in one breast.

But the researchers aimed to determine whether evidence showed double mastectomies led to longer lives for this category of breast cancer patients.

 
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