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Jan 1, 2014 7:27 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Majority of breast cancer patients still in pain a year after surgery

A majority of breast cancer patients who had surgery are still in pain a year after their procedure.

Researchers looked at surveys filled out by more than 800 breast cancer patients.

Half reported experiencing mild pain a year after surgery. Just over 10 percent had moderate pain, and three percent reported severe pain.

Researchers say people who had chronic pain before the surgery, preoperative pain in the area that was going to be removed, depression, chemotherapy, and radiation all had an increased risk for pain afterward.

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