U.S. Double Mastectomy Rates Triple in 8 Years

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a leading U.S. health research group, found that double mastectomy continues to rise among women, even when they only have cancer in one breast. A related analysis below of the research in JAMA explores what’s behind the trend and raises the question of whether doctors encourage double mastectomy by telling women their breasts will match better after a double mastectomy.  “Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You,” to be published June 16 by Rowman & Littlefield, explores how many women choose to live, without remorse, with unmatched breasts. The book also explores hospital and doctor referral practices that influence breast reconstruction.


New Data Show Mastectomies Increased 36 Percent From 2005 to 2013 Press Release Date: February 22, 2016Data released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) show that while breast cancer rates have remained constant, the rate of women undergoing mastectomies increased 36 perce…

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