Health & Science

Choosing Double Mastectomy

Double mastectomy is increasingly common among younger women diagnosed with cancer in one breast. A new study finds wide variation by state. The proportion of women 20 to 44 who opted to remove both breasts ranged from 15.7 percent in Hawaii to more than 42 percent in five neighboring Midwestern states.
Pennsylvania’s rate, 30.3 percent, was just under the national average of 33.3, while New Jersey’s was 24.8.
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Story: Younger women with breast cancer increasingly choose double mastectomies, study finds