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More Men Get Double Mastectomies

More Men Get Double Mastectomies
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By    |   Thursday, 03 September 2015 02:29 PM


The number of men with breast cancer who undergo surgery to remove the healthy breast has doubled, says a report by the American Cancer Society and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

The trend mirrors the actions of American women who have been diagnosed with cancer in one breast and undergo prophylactic surgery to remove the unaffected one.

From 1998 to 2011, the percentage of women with invasive breast cancer in one breast who chose to undergo prophylactic surgery increased from 2.2 percent to 11 percent, even though there's no evidence the procedure increases survival.

To see if the same increase was occurring among men, researchers looked at treatment among 6,332 men between 2004 and 2011 who underwent surgery for breast cancer limited to one breast.

The researchers found the rates of prophylactic surgery among men nearly doubled, rising from 3 percent to 5.6 percent — a rise of 86.7 percent.

"The increase in the rate of this costly, serious procedure with no evidence of survival benefit comes, paradoxically, at a time of greater emphasis on quality and value in cancer care," said Ahmedin Jemal, vice president of surveillance and health services research at the American Cancer Society.

"Health care providers should be aware that the increase we've seen in removal of the unaffected breast is not limited to women, and doctors should carefully discuss with their male patients the benefits, harms, and costs of this surgery to help patients make informed decisions about their treatments."

The study was published in JAMA Surgery.

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