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Wayne State researcher part of team examining breast cancer treatment choices among women

November 28, 2012

A new study conducted by the University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Center has shown that many women chose to over-treat their breast cancer because of unsubstantiated fears that it may return. The study - released Tuesday night - revealed 70 percent of breast cancer patients that receive a double-mastectomy don't have a clinical reason for having the procedure done. The study found 90 percent of women who had surgery to remove both breasts reported being very worried about the cancer recurring. The research team, including Kendra Schwartz of Wayne State University, had observed a noticeable rise in the number of women that were choosing to have both breasts removed as a part of their cancer treatment strategy - a trend the team suspected was due to more than just clinical attributions.