STUDY: Double Mastectomy Doesn’t Improve Rate Of Survival
Breast cancer is not only a health deteriorating disease, it is a fear factor created by genetic connections. Black women with the breast cancer susceptibility gene (BRCA), according to one study, have a higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers than the general population. Recently JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, concluded that the increasingly popular prevention method of double mastectomies does not seem to be associated with higher survival rates.
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This survival method of treatment has become a trending operation, especially for women under 40. “The rates of double mastectomy to treat one-sided breast cancer have increased at a rate of 14 percent a year,” says study coauthor Allison Kurian, M.D., M.Sc., from the Stanford University School of Medicine.
The research initiative involved studying a database of over 189,000 women in California who were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer (in one breast) within the past decade. The study involved comparing those who underwent a single vs. a double mastectomy vs. traditional radiation methods, and following their health journey afterwards for up to seven years.