Medicine: Urban's Double Check

When a woman has had one breast removed for cancer, her risk of developing a malignancy in her remaining breast is only about 1% in each of the next ten years. The likelihood that she will have cancer simultaneously in both breasts is even less. Last week Margaretta ("Happy") Rockefeller found that the law of averages had discriminated most cruelly against her: only five weeks after undergoing a radical mastectomy for cancer in the left breast, she had her right breast removed by less drastic surgery to eliminate a minuscule cancer that had...

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