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Study: Double Mastectomies not necessary for most women

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Many women who choose to have a double mastectomy may not need the surgery.

Researchers at the University of Michigan studied nearly 1,500 breast cancer survivors who had not had a recurrence.

Just under 10-percent of these patients had a double mastectomy.

When they studied the mastectomy patients further they found nearly 70-percent did not have a family history of the disease or a genetic risk for recurrence.

Doctors say women without these risk factors have a very small chance of developing cancer in their healthy breast and could have been treated with a lumpectomy instead.

Researchers say doctors need to be aware that fear of a recurrence is a major factor in a woman's decision making process.

This data was presented at a conference two years ago, and is now being published.
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