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Early Stage Breast Cancer: Single Mastectomy Better than Double?

October 9, 20159 min
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy?According to new research, a single mastectomy might be more beneficial than a double mastectomy for young women who have early-stage breast cancer.More U.S. women with early stage breast cancer are opting to have both breasts removed as a precautionary measure. In fact, a 2014 study published in JAMA Surgery found that double mastectomy increased from 1.9 percent in 1998 to 11.2 percent in 2011.Despite this drastic increase, certain studies have found that having a double mastectomy does not improve survival rates.What are the advantages and disadvantages of a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy?Nicolas Ajkay, MD, FACS, shares whether a double or single mastectomy is best for the early stages of breast cancer.

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