Better survival rates seen with lumpectomy compared with mastectomy for early breast cancer

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(Fox News) — Women with the early stages of breast cancer who undergo a lumpectomy do just as well, and in some cases better—in terms of survival, than those who have had a mastectomy, a study in the Cancer journal suggests.

In the study, early stage breast cancer patients who were treated with lumpectomy—a surgery that removes the tumor and part of the surrounding tissue—-were 19 percent less likely to die from any cause over a nine-year period, compared to those who received a mastectomy, or had their entire breast removed.

The advantage was seen after researchers took into account factors that could affect survival, like age, size of tumor before surgery and the aggressiveness of the cancer.

The news is timely because over the last 10 years, there have been growing tendencies for women diagnosed with breast cancer to opt for mastectomy, even if they have small cancers.

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