For many years, healthcare professionals recommended single- or double-mastectomy surgery for women who had already been diagnosed with breast cancer. Lately, there’s been a shift. Due to progress in genetic screening and early detection, the number of women undergoing this procedure is on the rise. Now mastectomies are advised not only for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer but also for those who are at high risk for developing the disease.

The number of women undergoing mastectomies increased by 36 percent between 2005 and 2013, according to data from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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