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Less Women with Breast Cancer Choose Mastectomy

Rates of breast-conserving therapy such as lumpectomy are on the rise amongst women who have early stage breast cancer, according to CBS News. Many women with early stage breast cancer still opt for mastectomy where the whole breast is removed; however, these rates are beginning to decline. A study published in JAMA Surgery looked at the factors that influenced women’s decisions in whether they opted for a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. It was found that compared to younger women, women who were more likely to have a lumpectomy were ages 52 to 61. Also, women with higher education were more likely to choose a lumpectomy. Doctors are using this information so that they can better present treatment options to patients in order for the patient to choose what option suits them best.

 

Read the article on CBS News.

Read the study published in JAMA Surgery.