More Women Choosing 'Preventive' Double Mastectomy

In another study, published last week in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers reported that increased exposure to sunlight, which boosts vitamin D levels, may reduce the risk of advanced breast cancer in light-skinned women.

The study compared 1,788 breast cancer patients in San Francisco with a control group of 2,129 women who did not have breast cancer. The study participants had a wide range of natural skin colors. Vitamin D may help slow breast cancer cell growth, the researchers speculated. But the results aren't an endorsement to sunbathe. Instead, they said, vitamin D from diet and supplements may someday be recommended to help reduce breast cancer risk.

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To learn more about contralteral prophylactic mastectomy, visit The Society of Surgical Oncology.

SOURCES: Todd Tuttle, M.D., chief of surgical oncology and associate professor of surgery, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis; S. Eva Singletary, M.D., professor of surgical oncology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston; Oct. 22 2007, Journal of Clinical Oncology, online; The Society of Surgical Oncology, Arlington Heights, Ill.; American Cancer Society, Atlanta

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