Most breast cancer patients who get preventive double mastectomy don’t need it

Angelina Jolie(  CBSnews recently reported on breast cancer.  In their article opening they say,

Most breast cancer patients who opt for prophylactic mastectomy — surgery to remove their healthy breast as a precaution — are actually at very low risk for breast cancer recurrence. A new study, published today in JAMA Surgery, found that as many as 70 percent of women who opt for contralateral prophylactic mastectomy — removing both the cancerous and normal breast — don’t actually need it because their chance for developing the disease again is quite low.  More here.

When one known actress Angelina Jolie announced a double mastectomy, we thought it a bit fearful move.  This news seems to confirms that initial conclusion.