Mastectomy: Why do Women have Preventative Breast Cancer Surgery?

The BRCA Gene and Family History

Why do Women have Preventative Breast Cancer Surgery?
Angelina Jolie says she hopes her double masctectomy story will be helpful to other women

In her post My Medical Choice, published today in The NewYorkTimes, Angelina Jolie bravely revealed she had a preventative double mastectomy after finding out she is a carrier of the BRCA1 gene.

Why do Women have Preventative Breast Cancer Surgery?

  • Under what circumstances would a woman have a preventative double mastectomy?
  • How many women undergo preventative double mastectomy in the UK?
  • Is a preventative double mastectomy the only option in some circumstances?
  • Talk us through the entire procedure, from start to finish
  • Can you receive this treatment on the NHS? And what aftercare is available?
  • Read The Huffington Post UK article, 14/05/2013

The BRCA Gene and Family History

  • What are the BRCA genes?
  • What does it mean for those that carry a faulty gene?
  • What is the likelihood of having either of these faulty genes and if you do what’s the likelihood of contracting breast cancer?
  • Who is eligible to be tested for these faulty genes?
  • If someone’s mother had breast cancer does that mean they have a family history?
  • Read Breakthrough Breast Cancer article, 14/05/2013

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6 thoughts on “Mastectomy: Why do Women have Preventative Breast Cancer Surgery?”

  1. One of the most important things to know is that you don’t get cancer just because you have the gene. Science has now proven, though it is generally unreported, that your lifestyle is far more important than the gene. If you eat a plant-based diet and exercise adequately, you can lessen the impact of the gene. Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. McDougall both hold this to be true. We are so snowed by those who want to make money at the expense of people’s health.

    1. Fully agree Pat, thanks. Now, in her post, Angelina stated the her doctors estimation of percentage risk for her was extremely high (87% ?) …

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