It would seem to make sense that if you were diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast that you should have them both removed to prevent spreading or the reemergence of a tumor in the chest area. However, new research is indicating that removing a healthy breast “just because” truly has no impact on a woman’s survival rate.
The study, which was originally published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, examined several women’s decision-making process when it comes to choosing a double mastectomy or contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). CPM’s have doubled among women with early-stage breast cancer in the last 10 years. According to researchers, no survival benefit is gained from removing a tumor-free boob unless you’ve tested positive for one of the BRCA mutations.