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Are double mastectomies unnecessary?

Published On: |Kylie Chin

A new study published in JAMA Surgery found that preventative double mastectomies might not be as beneficial as the public is led to believe. The paper, from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, found that of the 70 percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and undergo a contralateral prophylactic […]

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What is a Mastectomy?

Published On: |Kylie Chin

Mastectomy is a surgical procedure for breast cancer that involves removing malignant tissues of the breast. Depending on the type of mastectomy performed, the entire breast may be removed along with the axillary lymph node (underarm) to keep cancer from spreading to other areas of the body. A double mastectomy, or the removal of both […]

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Angelina Jolie Undergoes Double Mastectomy

Published On: |Kylie Chin

Actress and activist Angelina Jolie has undergone a preventative double mastectomy after being told by doctors she had an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer, along with a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. The reason for the disturbing report stemmed back to the “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which drastically increases women’s risk of developing breast […]

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