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Study: More breast cancer patients should keep their healthy breasts
Study: More breast cancer patients should keep their healthy breasts

Too many women with breast cancer are sacrificing too many healthy breasts for too little benefit, new research suggests. After learning that they have an early stage cancer in one breast, some women decide to remove not only the affected breast but the other one as well. Many patients believe that they can reduce their future risk of breast cancer by having the procedure, which is called a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy. (In addition, some may think they’ll get a better result with breast reconstruction surgery if they have both breasts worked on at the same time.) In reality, women who opted for CPM did not live longer than women who decided to treat their cancers with...

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