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Mastectomy (cont.)


If breast cancer is detected in its earliest stage, treatment results in a 10-year survival rate (that is, percent of women still living) was 82 % of 2011. Long-term survival is similar whether the woman chooses lumpectomy or mastectomy. The difference between the treatments is there is an increased risk of a local recurrence (in the breast or on the chest wall) with lumpectomy. Also, lumpectomy is almost always followed by radiation therapy.

  • Self-examination of the breast and an annual mammography help in the early detection of breast cancer.
  • In the United States, yearly mammography screening is recommended for women older than 40 years.
  • In addition to mastectomy, treatments such as hormonal therapy, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy (if required) improve the chances of recurrence-free, long-term survival.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/6/2014
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