Study concludes mastectomies are not overused

October 13, 2009 3:16:23 PM PDT
Are women with breast cancer getting mastectomies when it may not be necessary?

It's a growing concern in the medical community and it's something many women fear when they're first diagnosed.

"That's the first thing that pops into your head is oh my God, I'm going to need a mastectomy," said Denise Moscatiello who is a breast cancer survivor.

But top researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center say these concerns are unwarranted. In a study of nearly 2,000 women with early stage breast cancer they found most patients received the procedure recommended by their surgeons and more than 75-percent had lumpectomies instead of a mastectomy.

Local experts also tell us if you're diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in most cases there is time to get a second opinion.

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