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November 17, 2008

Wealthy Women More Likely to Have Breast Reconstruction

Wealthy women and more educated women are more likely to have breast construction after mastectomies, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. They also found that black women are less likely to undergo reconstruction.

"The community a patient lives in actually does influence, in some way, the access they have to breast reconstruction," said lead researcher Dr. Gedge D. Rosson, an assistant professor of plastic surgery. "We need to learn more about why that is."

The researchers weren't sure what the exact reason for this was, but said women in these communities should be informed about their options through educational and informative community programs.

The researchers think educational programs should be developed to let these women know the benefits of breast reconstruction.

October 6, 2007

Misdiagnosed Woman Undergoes Double Mastectomy for No Reason

A 35-year-old single mother from New York has undergone an unnecessary double mastectomy after her biopsy results were mixed up with another woman's.

"I remember the words, 'You don't have breast cancer, you never did,'" Eason said today on "Good Morning America."

The news was stunning.

"I have a philosophy that you have to laugh to keep from crying, so I try to laugh as much as I can," Eason said.

It seems unthinkable that such a thing can happen. The article suggests getting a second biopsy if you are diagnosed with cancer.

Eason is suing the laboratory that mixed up the biopsies for an undisclosed sum.

Mastectomy Mistake: 'You Don't Have Cancer'