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BeachDear Carol: My 88-year-old mother recently had a mammogram and they’ve discovered a cancerous lump in her breast. I think she should have surgery and treatment but the doctor says that it should be left alone. He says that considering Mom’s age and general health, treating it could be harmful to her and it’s not guaranteed to cure her. He actually said that the treatment itself could kill her. I think it’s just that they don’t want to spend money on old people.

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