Increase in Double Mastectomies Might Not Be Necessary

Increase in Double Mastectomies Might Not Be Necessary
Journey_Toward_Pink_Path_Jessica_Grono Deciding a course of treatment for breast cancer is between a patient and a doctor. Research and educating yourself is the best idea when it comes to weighing your options. Lately, many women are choosing to have a double mastectomy when they have cancer in only one breast. Anxiety about cancer returning and a less-than-thorough conversation with their doctors are often speculated as reasons women opt for a double mastectomy. In 2017, the American Cancer Association is estimating there will be 252,710 new breast cancer cases in the United States. An article published in JAMA Surgeries found there is a tremendous rise in women getting double mastectomies. This is especially true in younger women who are between the ages 20-45. Between the years 2012-2015 double mastectomies have tripled. Often women want to just get rid of the cancer, and hope the cancer never returns again. Doctors fear this kind of decision-making is not necessarily the best path. They think women are not considering the pain and recovery period, or the long-term effects of a double mastectomy. Interestingly, where women who have breast cancer live has an impact on the method of treatment. According to an article published by Reuters,
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One comment

  1. Coral King says:

    I chose a double mastectomy, even though the cancer was only in one side. It was a matter of self-image. I just couldn’t imagine myself with one breast. By having a double mastectomy and double reconstruction, I will never have to wear a bra and prosthesis, trying to make the sides match. It is not only a matter of being cancer-free, but care-free. I don’t regret it one second.

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