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S.F. lowest mastectomy rate for over-65s
San Francisco Chronicle

The Bay Area has among the lowest rates of mastectomy surgeries among Medicare patients in the country, a finding that suggests women are likely opting for lumpectomy and radiation or other treatment for early-stage disease. The data released Wednesday by the Dartmouth Atlas Project show wide variations among regions in treatment choices, differences that the study’s authors said indicate that where patients live and how their doctors influence them may be the biggest factors in making medical decisions.