Risk factors could help women with breast cancer weigh mastectomy

01/26/2009 | USA Today

A new study pinpoints several criteria that may help guide breast cancer patients considering preventive mastectomy to ensure the disease does not return. The factors include having more than one tumor in the original breast, having the original tumor start in milk-producing lobes and spread like seeds, and a high-risk score on the "Gail model" scale. However, some experts discounted the study and said it could scare more women into unnecessary surgery.

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