With the rising incidences of breast cancers, the most common form of cancers in women, there is also a significant surge in cases of double mastectomy.
Latest reports have showed that more and more women are opting for the removal of their both breasts after diagnosis suggests cancer in one breast.
A group of researchers have made an entirely contradict submission about this rising trend. A new study has found that removal of both the breasts, which the patients believe is a good prevention attempt, has hardly any big difference in survival rates.
The study was conducted by the researchers at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and the Stanford University School of Medicine.
For the new study, the researchers involved nearly 190,000 women in California having breast cancer. All the participants were diagnosed with cancer in one of their breast between 1998 and 2011.
The main aim of the research was to compare the survival rates of the patients from the three most common breast cancer surgeries: single mastectomy, double mastectomy and lumpectomy plus radiation.
According to the study, the survival rates for women who opted for double mastectomy were parallel to their counterparts who chose lumpectomy, a less invasive procedure in which the malignant tumor is removed surgically followed by radiation.
The researchers found that the 10-year survival rates in both the treatment cases were roughly similar, i.e. 82 percent.
While the women who had breast cancer and undergone single mastectomy had slightly lower survival rates.
The researchers also found that women who opted for double mastectomies were mostly white and had private insurance. These women generally received treatment at a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.
The adoption of double mastectomy by the breast cancer patients has witnessed a significant surge in recent years.
In 2011, 33 percent of patients (under age 40) having cancer in one breast chose double mastectomy. It was a nearly tenfold increase from the figures of 1998, which saw just 3.6 percent of women going for removal of both breasts.
The findings of the study were published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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