There's a lot of boob news today: two different studies have been published in regard to breast cancer that could directly impact its diagnosis and treatment. In one, researchers found that women with the BRCA mutation have a much higher chance of survival with a double mastectomy. In another, it was found that death rates were the same in women who got mammograms as those who did not.
The mammogram study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), also found that one in five cancers found with a mammogram and treated was not life-threatening enough to need chemo, surgery or radiation.
According to The New York Times, the study was "[o]ne of the largest and most meticulous studies of mammography ever done, involving 90,000 women and lasting a quarter-century." Ultimately, what researchers discovered is that there is no advantage to finding breast cancers when they were too small to feel.
Another study, also published in the BMJ, focused on double mastectomies and women the the BRCA gene mutation (which actress Angelina Jolie revealed she had last year). Researchers found that an "additional 20 lives could be saved per 100 women if they opted to have both breasts removed rather than just one."