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Rates of prophylactic mastectomy triple in decade, study shows

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1504 (Published 14 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1504
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The rates of prophylactic mastectomy more than tripled from 2002 to 2012 in a US cohort of women with invasive breast cancer despite this option offering no significant survival benefit over breast conservation, a study published in the Annals of Surgery has found.1

Researchers analysed data on 496 488 women with unilateral stages I to III breast cancer diagnosed from 1998 to 2012 in the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results registry, which collects data on …

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