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.