Study: Younger Breast Cancer Patients May Benefit from Healthy Breast Removal

by: cancercompass

According to a new study published Thursday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), younger breast cancer patients who underwent prophylactic mastectomy, increased their breast cancer-specific survival rate nearly 5%.

The group benefitting from this preventative surgery were women under age 50 with Stage I or II breast cancer.

The Los Angeles Times interviewed researcher Dr. Isabelle Bedrosian, a surgical oncologist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Whatever the oncologist tells them is their odds, we’re saying you can improve those odds by 4.8% as a result of having this surgical procedure on top of all the other medical things you do to treat your cancer."

Bedrosian noted that the survival increase may not be enough for some women to move forward with the preventative surgery, as up to 10% of women are displeased with their decision to remove their healthy breasts for cosmetic reasons.

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