Young women with breast cancer may overestimate recurrence risk

09/17/2013 | HealthDay News

Young women with breast cancer who opt for double mastectomy may perceive a greater risk of recurrence in the opposite, healthy breast than they actually have, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers surveyed 123 women and found that 98% of them chose the procedure because they wanted to avoid getting cancer in the other breast. It's important to talk over not only the pros but also the cons of contralateral mastectomy, a researcher said.

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