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One Breast Cancer Operation Might Not Be Enough

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 5:05am

Partial breast removal surgery to treat cancer is not likely to be a one-time operation, according to many breast cancer experts and a study released Thursday.

One in five women who opt for partial breast removal, or breast-conserving surgery, may need a second operation to remove more breast tissue, according to a study of more than 55,000 British women.

Repeat surgery rates may be slightly higher among American women -- about one in four -- according to a study published last February in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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