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New study finds double mastectomy not always helpful

Rina Castelnuovo/The New York Times

Since acclaimed actress Angelina Jolie revealed she underwent a preventative double mastectomy in 2013, more breast cancer patients have considered doing the same. However a new study, presented at the annual meeting of The American Society of Clinical Oncology, reports that 36 percent of women wrongly believe, according to the researchers, that this more aggressive surgery will increase their chances of survival. Although many of the women in the study were reported not to have risk factors for cancer in their second breast, almost half contemplated receiving it. Out of the 1,900 women surveyed, approximately one in five actually went through with the surgery. Given that surgeons have great influence in these women’s medical decisions, it is essential they provide careful assessments of the consequences of such surgeries to their patients, according to study lead author Dr. Reshma Jagsi. “Our finding that so many women are receiving much more extensive surgery than needed to treat their disease is striking,” Jagsi said in a statement.

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