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Cancer Patients Removing Healthy Breasts, Too

Double mastectomy growing in popularity

(Newser) - More and more women diagnosed with breast cancer are choosing to have their healthy breast removed along with the cancerous one. In 2006, 6% of women undergoing breast cancer surgery opted for such a double mastectomy, a figure that’s more than double what it was in recent years, the... More »

Applegate: '100%' Cancer-Free

Actress discusses double mastectomy

(Newser) - After being diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing a double mastectomy 3 weeks ago, Christina Applegate says she's "absolutely 100% clear and clean," ABC News reports. The 36-year-old Samantha Who? star, whose mom also survived breast cancer, says opting for the surgery “seemed the most logical and... More »

More Women Electing Extra Cancer Surgery

Double mastectomies on the rise, despite less-invasive options

(Newser) - More women are going to extremes after a breast cancer diagnosis, opting for double mastectomies instead of single ones or mere lumpectomies, the Washington Post reports. The number rose 150% over 5 years, despite evidence that less-invasive treatments are just as effective in saving lives. "I didn't want to... More »

Double Mastectomies on the Rise

Lack of evidence that it increases survival for most women

(Newser) - More women are choosing to have double mastectomies despite a lack of evidence that such a procedure increases survival for most women, according to a study in the Journal of Oncology. The number of women choosing the procedure after an initial tumor was found in one breast increased 150% over... More »

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