By Patti Neighmond and Richard Knox, NPR
When Sally O’Neill’s doctor told her she had an early form of cancer in one of her breasts, she didn’t agonize about what she wanted to.
The 42-year-old mother of two young girls wanted a double mastectomy.
Today, 10 years later, O’Neill has no regrets about what most people would consider a radical decision. And as it turns out, she was at the leading edge of a trend.
O’Neill had ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS. The number of women who get double mastectomies because of DCIS is small – around one in 16 women (see accompanying chart). But the rate has doubled in the past 10 years. Continue reading