Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy yielded small survival benefit

  • July 22, 2014

Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy provided only a minimal improvement in 20-year survival rates among women with unilateral breast cancer, according to recent findings.

“The use of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) among women with unilateral breast cancer has markedly increased in the United States during the past decade,” Pamela R. Portschy, MD, of the department of surgery at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and colleagues wrote. “Breast cancer patients report that the main reason they choose CPM is worry about the risk of contralateral breast cancer, yet they tend to substantially overestimate their risk of developing contralateral breast cancer.”

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