Scientists revealed an outrageous trend in breast cancer patients, concerning the whole medical community. This could change the treatment methods in the future. There are women who decide to get double mastectomies even if they have cancer in one breast. Probably, many women were influenced by Angelina Jolie’s decision who underwent a double mastectomy because she had a gene which made her susceptible to cancer.
Lately, many women considered a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy even if it was not necessary
Dr. Deborah Axelrod, a breast surgeon at the NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center in New York, claimed that the number of women who make use of double mastectomies is dramatically increasing. Between 2010 and 2012, almost 42% of women with ages between 20 and 44 opted to undergo double mastectomies. Based on the data shared by the report, between 2004 and 2006, the number of women who chose for double mastectomies increased from 11% in 2014 to 28% in 2006.
Previous studies differ when it comes to the increase of breast cancer patients who decided on double mastectomies. Nevertheless, the study published in the Annals of Surgery Journal revealed that the number of CPM tripled in the US between 2002 and 2012, even if no specialists could guarantee that this procedure brings benefits.
Many breast cancer patients in the early stage of cancer underwent CPMs
Officials from the University of Michigan Health System argue that approximately half of patients diagnosed with breast cancer in their early stage considered a double mastectomy. Moreover, 1 out of 6 women received it. This tough procedure does not bring any benefit for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Reshma Jagsi, M.D. D. Phil, the study author who is also a professor and deputy chair of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan, argued that many cancer patients chose bilateral mastectomy even if this was not necessary.
Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) in which a healthy breast is surgically removed together with the one affected by cancer has been rising mostly due to social media and celebrities’ stories. Usually, this procedure is recommended for females who have a genetic mutation which increases the risk of developing cancer in the healthy breast shortly.
The new study was published in JAMA Surgery and researchers revealed that 44% of women from Los Angeles and Georgia considered CPM.
Later Update: The article initially stated that half the patients diagnosed with breast cancer chose to undergo a double mastectomy. In reality, the study says that half the women consider the surgery, only 1 in 6 choosing the treatment in the end. All information in the article has been updated so it reflects the findings of the study.
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