Behold the blunt object that is statistics:
An increasing number of women who find they have cancer in one breast are sacrificing the other for peace of mind.
A study by a University of Minnesota researcher found that over a six-year period the number of women choosing that aggressive approach increased by 150 percent -- even though statistically the risk of developing cancer in the second breast is less than 1 percent. It's far more common that cancer will spread to other parts of their body, experts said.
Unfortunately, statistics are little solace for and poor guidance to those who find themselves as the anecdotal evidence.