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Double mastectomy halves death risk for women with BRCA-related breast cancer

from OncologyNurseAdvisor

Women with BRCA-related breast cancer who have a double mastectomy are nearly 50 percent less likely to die of breast cancer within 20 years of diagnosis compared with women who have a single mastectomy, according to a new study. The findings, published in the British Medical Journal, suggest a double mastectomy may be an effective first-line treatment for women with early-stage breast cancer who carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation. more

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