Fear drives young cancer patients to needless mastectomies



After being diagnosed with cancer in one breast, many young women opt to have the other healthy breast removed with a procedure called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM), despite knowing that it will probably not improve chances of survival, a new study shows.

Researchers from the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute published their results in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

They note that rates of the procedure have “increased dramatically,” especially in younger breast cancer patients. But until now, little has been known about why they make the decision to go ahead with the procedure.



Freddie Allen is the National News Editor for the NNPA News Wire and 200-plus Black newspapers. 20 million readers. You should follow Freddie on Twitter and Instagram @freddieallenjr.

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