Double Mastectomies Increasing

The number of women undergoing double mastectomies is increasing across the country.

Research shows women are opting to get the preventive surgery even though it is not always necessary.

Doctors here say they, too, have seen an increase in the number of women deciding to have a double mastectomy.

They say the reason for that is many women who have cancer in one breast want to prevent it from appearing in the other.

But doctors say only a small percentage of women with breast cancer see a recurrence on the other side.

Doctors say before deciding on a double mastectomy if or when it may not be needed, they would recommend one of those alternative preventive measures.