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New AHRQ Data Show Mastectomies Increased 36 Percent From 2005 to 2013

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Data released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) show that while breast cancer rates have remained constant, the rate of women undergoing mastectomies increased 36 percent between 2005 and 2013, including a more than tripling of double mastectomies. AHRQ’s analysis also shows that both single and double mastectomies are increasingly performed as outpatient procedures. The overall proportion of mastectomies performed in hospital-based ambulatory surgery settings reached 45 percent in 2013.

Read more: HCUP Statistical Brief #201: Trends in Bilateral and Unilateral Mastectomies in Hospital Inpatient and Ambulatory Settings, 2005–2013 (PDF)

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