Some Women May be Getting Over-treated for Breast Cancer

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By Molly Clifton

A new study says most breast cancer patients who have a double mastectomy may not need to have the procedure.

Researchers looked at women who had cancer diagnosed in one breast and needed a single mastectomy.

They found about one in five patients decided to have both breasts removed as a precautionary measure.

However, doctors at the University of Michigan say for most women, removing the second breast does not decrease the risk of recurrence.



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