KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New research finds many more women are choosing to have both breasts removed when they have early cancer in just one breast. But the study shows 10-year survival rates are not higher for those women having double mastectomy compared to women who just had the tumor removed followed by radiation.
Celine Coppaken’s two children were very young when she was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago.
“I wanted to be focused on them,” said Coppaken.
That’s one reason Coppaken, who was 28, chose to have both breasts removed.
“I didn’t want to go through the process of having just one of the breasts removed to find out that maybe five years later to do the whole process over again,” said Coppaken.
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