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70% of Mastectomies Aren’t Necessary.
Here’s Why Women Have Them Anyway

Time Magazine, by Alice Park

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 5/22/2014 12:50:39 PM

In a new study published in JAMA Surgery, researchers say that 70% of women with breast cancer in one breast who decide to remove the other breast do so unnecessarily. In fact, only 10% of women diagnosed with breast cancer should consider such prophylactic mastectomy, say experts. But that hasn’t kept rates of mastectomies from climbing. In the 1990s, about 1% of women diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast opted to have the other one removed; that percentage has jumped to 20% in recent years. This increase is despite the fact that studies don’t show that removing an unaffected breast can lower a woman’s risk of recurrence or

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Having worked in radiology for over twenty years, I wouldn´t roll the dice when this insipid killer shows up. My father died from leukemia and my Mother is at death´s door at this moment in a hospice hospital because of bladder cancer. They are not pretty or painless ways to leave this life. My Father was clear, like a woman´s breasts, not to let "vanity´ keep me from dealing someday (if necessary) with prostrate cancer.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Drive, 5/22/2014 12:54:37 PM     (No. 9858104)

Angelina has a heavy inherited factor that is very rare. That´s why she did it. Women should consider their family history before going that route

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Coy860, 5/22/2014 12:56:55 PM     (No. 9858105)

Is this "conditioning" for the Sandra Flukes of this country to the rationing that is surely coming?
What happened to a woman´s right to choose?
They can choose to kill their babies, but will be talked out of a procedure that may save their lives. Darn the studies. Make sure the choice remains with the woman and her doctor.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 5/22/2014 1:05:32 PM     (No. 9858117)

What #1 said.

This is a poor subject for education from the media. They are attempting to interfere with what is a personal decision between a woman and her doctor(s).

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SnowQueen, 5/22/2014 1:05:53 PM     (No. 9858118)

I´d say it´s not Time Magazine´s job to say which mastectomies are "necessary."

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Shimmer128, 5/22/2014 2:04:05 PM     (No. 9858188)

I had cancer and got tested for BRAC 1 & 2 and don´t have that genetic tendency but I do have a high risk of recurrence. (Oncotype DX test) So I had chemo, but I´m not at the point of removing parts. Thank God.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Gagolfer, 5/22/2014 3:22:25 PM     (No. 9858300)

Does everyone post without even reading the article. Time wasn´t giving medical advice or interfering with a woman´s choice of treatment along with her doctor. The article was totally informational re a new study published in JAMA along with info from MD Anderson Cancer Center. Very informative and very caring as to why women make the choices they do.

I´ve spent the past year dealing with making these decisions and then going through the treatments and recovery. The article was excellent.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 5/22/2014 4:52:44 PM     (No. 9858400)

My cousin, a nurse, recently was diagnosed with the tiniest of lesions and went immediately for a double-mastectomy. I am not aware that anyone else in the family has had this at all, nor that she tested positive for any major risk genes. Her original surgery went well enough, but the reconstructive surgery has (as expected) been much tougher.

The article seems very informative to me and not at all prescriptive. I´m afraid there is a lot of this "Do Something!!!" panic that sets in, and the somethings that get done don´t always make a lot of sense.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Gagolfer, 5/22/2014 5:23:08 PM     (No. 9858427)

More than "Do Something" what goes through your mind is you want to Do Everything" so there will be no regrets or "if only I had done ........." If there should be a reoccurrence down the road. I don´t regret any decision I made regarding surgery, chemo, or radiation and all my doctors and oncologists concurred. Was a double mastectomy absolutely 100% necessary? Maybe not, but for my mental health it was (Actually it´s quite a simple surgery.).

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 5/23/2014 1:18:40 AM     (No. 9858805)

It´s different now, but it use to be women got a mastectomy depending upon the region she lived in.

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, they aren´t given time to think out the situation. Once the hamster wheel starts, you don´t hear anything.

With the ACA, choices will be limited not only on specialist and hospitals, but second opinions. Suddenly, I am having a problem with referrals to specialist.

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