Low-risk women remain interested in preventive mastectomies

24 April 2015

A group of researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have found that women who have had breast cancer in one breast are very likely to want to have a preventative mastectomy on their other breast, even if they do not have any genetic risk factors.

The study’s lead author Patricia A Parker suggested that this may be due to “numerous public figures that have talked about their experiences with prophylactic surgery”. However, she explained that not all cases of breast cancer were suitable for this treatment, adding: “Prophylactic mastectomy does not reduce the possibility of recurrence from the original breast cancer.”
However, it was also found that this desire was linked to a lack of knowledge about breast cancer in the 117 women involved in the survey. Once they had consulted with their doctor, over 80 per cent of the participants decided not to have healthy breast tissue removed.

Posted by Phillip Briggs

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