Medicine: Easing Women's Constant Fear

Breast-cancer patients can face a future without disfigurement

At some point in her life, one out of eleven American women will be told she has breast cancer. The dread of this moment is perhaps the single biggest fear that women have about their health. For Nina Miller, 42, of Santa Cruz, Calif., it happened two years ago. Her reaction was typical: "Total hysteria. My only thought was, they're going to mutilate my body, and then I'm going to die." But Miller has lost neither her life nor her breast. Like a small but growing number of breast-cancer patients in the U.S., she...

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