More Breast Cancer Patients Are Choosing Mastectomy Surgeries, According to Study

More Breast Cancer Patients Are Choosing Mastectomy Surgeries, According to Study
mastectomyBreast cancer patients are deciding to undergo mastectomies, including removal of both breasts, instead of undergoing surgeries that could conserve their breasts even in cases of early detection of the disease. Those are the conclusions of a new study out of Vanderbilt University researchers which revealed the changing trends of the last decade regarding breast cancer. The study led by Kristy Kummerow, M.D., and Mary Hooks, M.D., MBA, was published in the JAMA Surgery journal and demonstrated that among patients suffering from breast cancer, more women chose to have mastectomy or double mastectomy, which is clearly an inversion of the tendency since it had already been shown in studies preformed in the 1990's that breast conservation surgery (BCS) and mastectomies produced equivalent cancer outcomes. The researchers used information from the National Cancer Data Base, analyzing more than 1.2 million adult women, who were treated at centers accredited by the American Cancer Society and the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer between January, 1998 and December, 2011. Their conclusions revealed that 35.5 percent of the participants underwent mastectom
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