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Thursday, March 30, 2017

More Women Opting for Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomies, Research Indicates

The New York Times (3/29, Rabin, Subscription Publication) “Well” blog reports that research published in JAMA Surgery indicates “one in three breast cancer patients under 45 removed the healthy breast along with the breast affected by cancer in 2012.” This is “a sharp increase from the one in 10 younger women with breast cancer who had double mastectomies eight years earlier.” While “the rate of double mastectomies was highest among women under 45,” the data indicated that the rate also increased among older women.

On its website, NBC News (3/29, Fox) reports that the study also found that where patients “live has a strong effect on” the decision, with the data indicating “young women in five states – Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, and South Dakota – were much more likely than other women to have preventive mastectomies.” Also covering the story are the Philadelphia Inquirer (3/29, McCullough), Aunt Minnie (3/30), and HealthDay (3/29, Doheny). 

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