black-women-breast-cancerIt 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.

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