Study: Some breast cancer patients choose double mastectomy based on fear, not risk
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – More women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast are choosing to remove the other best as well, but a new study suggests that women decide to do this because they're afraid and not because the other breast is at risk.
Researchers at the Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute studied women who had breast cancer in only one breast and had a double mastectomy.
They found that 98 percent of them chose to remove the other breast because they wanted to prevent getting cancer.
But - for young women with an early-stage of breast cancer - the odds of developing breast cancer in the opposite breast are less that 1 in 100.
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