Mastectomies on the rise in Venezuela amid economic crisis

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FILE - This Oct. 28, 2013 file photo show signs on the wall at the Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine section of the Central Hospital in Maracay,Venezuela, informing patients treatment cannot be given because medical equipment is not working. Doctors say they are being forced to return to outdated treatments because the socialist country’s economic problems make it impossible to ensure the proper running of radiation machines in public hospitals, where patients receive free treatment under Venezuela’s universal health care. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Oncologist Gabriel Romero performs hundreds of life-saving surgeries a year, but he no longer takes pleasure in his work.

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