Breast cancer patients may be too quick to have double mastectomy

Breast cancer patients may be too quick to have double mastectomy

Dr. Sarah Hawley, an associate professor in internal medicine at the University of Michigan says “Removing most women’s second breast does not improve their rates of survival”.

Hawley presented their study findings to the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Care Symposium on Friday November 30, 2012.  The researchers had analyzed data on 1,400 women with breast cancer who were registered with the National Cancer Institute’s SEER program, which collects cancer statistics across the U.S.

Dr. Stephen Edge, breast center medical director and chief of breast surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, said “…you need to understand that most likely; you’re not providing yourself any protection against premature death from breast cancer”.

A 2012 American Cancer Society report states that of contralateral mastectomy “…there is less evidence that it improves long-term breast cancer survival.”

Dr. Carla Fisher, a breast surgeon with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, said “The risk of recurrence on the breast that had cancer, or [it] coming back elsewhere in the body from that initial cancer, is much higher than the risk of developing a new cancer in the other breast”.

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As reported by The Huffington Post on November 28, 2012.


Posted: Monday 3 December 2012