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Feb 12, 2014 6:58 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Women with so-called breast cancer gene may boost survival chances with double mastectomy

Women with the so-called breast cancer gene may be more likely to survive cancer if they undergo a double, rather than single, mastectomy.

Researchers looked at survival rates of nearly 400 women with the gene mutation who were diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.

Researchers found women who had both breasts removed were 48 percent less likely to die than women who had a single mastectomy.

Experts say the study was small, so more research is still needed to confirm the findings.

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