This is the “Angeline Jolie” effect and it is highly debatable with many experts questioning the reliability and results.
What did the survey find?
- 37.8% of women who were eligible for breast-conserving surgery wound up getting mastectomies in 2011
- That is a 34.3% increase on 1998
- For bilateral mastectomies, in 1998 these procedures accounted for only 5.4% of all mastectomies
- By 2011, it had risen to 29.7%
Interestingly, a 2014 study of California breast cancer patients in JAMA, found that the 10-year survival rate for women who had breast-conserving surgery was 83.2% vs those who chose CPM at 81.2%.
In the California study, the proportion of California women who picked CPM grew from 2% in 1998 to 12.3% in 2011, despite the favorable performance of breast-conserving surgery.
Experts are saying that “most women don’t seem to realize that they can save their breasts without putting their health at risk”.
Study a long survey analysis of over 1.2 million breast cancer patients by doctors from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and several Harvard-affiliated schools and hospitals as published November 19, 2014, in JAMA Surgery.