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Saving the Breast From Cancer: Only for the Rich?

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  • Among breast cancer patients, women who are poor and have limited education are more likely to have their breast removed. Their wealthier peers more often opt for treatment that will leave their breast intact, according to a new study.
  • The researchers suggest the lower-income group of women may go the mastectomy route because it is quicker, and these women cannot take time away from work and find child care in order to get six weeks of daily treatment after a lumpectomy.
  • The researchers add that when breast cancer patients talk with their doctors about treatment options, the women should discuss concerns about job flexibility and child care. Also, patients should know that in cases where a lumpectomy is appropriate, the chances of survival are not lower than with mastectomy.
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