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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Double Mastectomies: What Price for Peace of Mind?

More magazine recently reported on the trend towards increased rates of double mastectomy, featuring an eye-catching image of a female torso with open circles dotting the bare chest instead of breasts which had been hollowed out from the statue. Investigating this trend towards mastectomy, the article extensively quotes Susan Domchek, MD, director of the Basser Research Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center.

While a proven method of decreasing breast cancer risk, mastectomy is not the only option for women at high risk for breast cancer who can also consider more rigorous breast cancer surveillance, medications to reduce risk, and oophorectomy, which if done pre-menopausally decreases breast cancer risk by 50 percent.

Read more and learn what else Dr. Domchek has to say.

Learn more about the Basser Research Center for BRCA.

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