Do you agree with Angelina Jolie’s decision to remove her breasts to prevent cancer?
–S.I., Atlanta, Georgia
Answer: When I heard about her double mastectomy, my heart sank for her because I’m sure she was paralyzed by fear. After all, nobody wants to hear the “C” word leave their doctor’s lips. Her decision was based on the doctors she trusts but I disagree with it.She’s supposedly removing her ovaries next. Should we tell her the BRCA1 gene increases risk of pancreatic cancer? She’ll yank it. In men, the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene increases risk of testicular and prostate cancer. Poor Brad, do you think he’ll humor his wife?
These surgeons are going to dissect her while she’s still alive and thriving. Good grief! She won’t be thriving very long if they take out her ovaries and begin drug therapy to replace progesterone and estrogen. Certain hormone replacement medications increase risk of breast cancer (a tragic irony) as well as depression, gallstones, blood clots, uterine cancer, heart attack and stroke. And she pays her doctors to keep her healthy.
Preventative breast removal is a disturbingly popular trend that is being hailed as a reasonable, if not celebrated choice. Saline or silicone implants make it harder to detect breast cancer and according to the British Medical Journal, increase a woman’s risk of dying should she happen to develop breast cancer.
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