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Doctors stumped as more breast cancer patients remove healthy breasts
Los Angeles Times

Evidence is mounting that too many women with early-stage breast cancer are opting for mastectomies instead of having breast-conserving surgeries that offer the same odds of survival.

A new analysis of more than 1.2 million breast cancer patients in the U.S. found that 37.8% of women who were eligible for breast-conserving surgery wound up getting mastectomies in 2011, the most recent year for which data were available. That’s up from 34.3% in 1998 — an increase large enough to be statistically significant, according to a report published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery.