Female surgeons more likely to do preventive mastectomy

10/8/2009 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

University of Minnesota research showed breast cancer patients under age 40 who had a woman surgeon were more likely to have a healthy breast removed as a precaution, along with a cancerous one. There were three women among the 23 surgeons studied and their rate of double mastectomy was 46% compared with 23% for male surgeons.

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