A recent study has found that women who have breast cancer in one breast have opted to have both breasts removed, even though there has been no definitive proof that this improves one's chances of living longer.The Rockford Register Star
reports that researchers studied more than 1.2 million women whose cases were recorded in the National Cancer Data Base of the American College of Surgeons.
"We have described a dramatic increase in the use of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy over the last 10 years," senior study author Dr. David P. Winchester told the news source. "The incidence increased from a fraction of a percentage, 0.4 percent in 1998, to 4.7 percent in 2007."
Researchers also state that more younger women are opting to have a double mastectomy. Many patients say that they choose to go with the double mastectomy so both breasts will look the same after they undergo reconstruction surgery.
More than 200,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society.