Medicine: Fighting Breast Cancer

Perhaps no diagnosis is more feared by women than breast cancer. Medicine's efforts to cut the death rate from breast cancer have been far less successful than with other malignancies to which women are vulnerable. This year alone, 71,000 American women will learn that they have breast cancer, and some 30,000 will die of it. At least 1,000 a week are undergoing surgery. The operation usually involves radical mastectomy, a disfiguring procedure that includes removal of the breast and surrounding tissue. Though surgery can save their lives, many women feel that the price...

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