Women Opting For Bilateral Mastectomies Can Still Have Risks of Having Cancer: Study
Researchers in a latest study revealed that women diagnosed with early-stage cancer in one breast mostly opt for removing both the breasts. Researchers said that even after removing both the breasts women still have risks of getting cancer again.
Researchers at Stanford University and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California in Fremont researched about the survival rates of the women who opt for surgery in the early stage of breast cancer.
Dr. Allison Kurian, Assistant Professor of health research and policy at Stanford and lead author of the study, said that he thought that they might be able to point some survival benefits of double mastectomy amongst the younger women. He said they continued with their research and evaluation but could not find any difference in the survival rates.
Researchers carried out the research relying on the data from the California Cancer Registry. According to the data, the number of double mastectomies increased significantly in California for women who were diagnosed with one cancerous tumor in a single breast between 1998 and 2011.
As per the study results the rate of double mastectomies rose by 12.3% in year 2011. The study also revealed that percentage of women younger than 40 who choose to remove both the breasts rose from 3.6 % in 1998 to 33% in 2011.
As per sources, researchers and physicians are still not aware of the fact why are younger women opting for removal of both the breasts if cancer has been detected in one breast only. Still some of the researchers think that anxiety of developing cancer in the second breast, improvements in reconstruction surgeries and concern about breast symmetry might be responsible for it.
Stanford's Kurian said, "On some level, they don't care how low their risk is, but they want to do whatever is possible to obliterate their possibility of getting another cancer".
Gomez, a research scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, said that more research has to be conducted so that they could answer the questions and suggest better course of action.
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