Twenty years ago, only 1–2% of women with cancer in one breast opted for a double mastectomy. Today, that number can approach 25%. Why? According to surgical oncologist Todd Tuttle, the spike is largely explained by an inconsistency between real and perceived risk of developing cancer in the second breast.

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I think if I had to remove one breast, I'd just as soon remove them both and get them both reconstructed. Otherwise wouldn't they be mismatched?