Women Having Double Mastectomy To Avoid Breast Cancer

October 16, 2008

More women than ever are having a double mastectomy to have their breasts removed to stop breast cancer before it develops.....Washington (ChattahBox) – More women than ever are having a double mastectomy to have their breasts removed to stop breast cancer before it develops.

It is becoming easy for women to tell if they are likely to develop breast cancer thanks to genetic tests which are more available than ever.

U.S. surgeon Valerie Gorman from the Baylore Medical Center in Texas has stated more women are going with a double mastectomy even before breast cancer develops.

This is to reduce the chance of developing it late rin life and having to deal with it then.


3 Responses to “Women Having Double Mastectomy To Avoid Breast Cancer”

  1. Holly on November 13th, 2008 9:24 pm

    I have thought about having this surgery because my mother died of breast cancer at 40. Does it almost guarantee that you will not get breast cancer? I know that it can form in your lymph nodes under your arms, but this will help decrease that right? The only thing is I have not had genetic testing and since my mother has already died I do not know what mutated gene she had. Would this be beneficial to me without knowing what gene to look for before I decide to go on with the surgery?

  2. elizabeth on December 3rd, 2008 10:48 pm

    i found out that i have the mutated brca2 gene a year ago. i recently have found new lumps and i am only 26. the doctors decided it would be best if i had the double masectomy even if this is not cancer (won’t know till after surgery) so that i will not get cancer. i would recommend talking to your doctor but if the history in your family goes far enough beck i would think about having the surgery. my mom had breast cancer at 30 and my aunt at 32 both my grand mothers died of breast cancer and my great grandma too. i know it is scary to think about but if you saw your mom go through it think you don’t want to go through it too.

  3. Timberly on December 10th, 2008 1:26 pm

    I had a double mastectomy Nov. 2007 with the reconstruction March 2008 for basically the same reasons. My mother passed away at age 39, 3 of my aunts had masectomies, and 3 first cousins have had lumpectomies and or masectomy. I have been dealing with various lumps ranging from 1-14 at a time for over 10 years and gone through various procedures, all of which are drawn out over a period of months which caused a roller-coaster effect on my sanity. I was so stressed out over the waiting each time, that by the last time I had had enough. There are many pros and cons, but ultimately each person has to make the choice that is best for them. It will be a choice that you alone are going to have to deal with for the rest of your life. A year later, I still have issues, but all in all I feel it was a good choice for me. I do wish there were more articles for review on what to expect after the surgery.

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