BRCA1&2 negative women also seeking double mastectomy at increasing rates

Kathryn Edwards always thought that if she were ever diagnosed with breast cancer, “I’m taking them both.” So when her body created cancer in one breast she had her healthy, diseasefree breast removed as well, joining growing numbers of Canadian women opting for double mastectomies even though the extreme and irreversible surgery has not been proven to prolong survival in most women. The proportion of Canadian women undergoing double mastectomies after being diagnosed with cancer in one breast increased 40 per cent between 2008 and 2010.

The rate is increasing not only in women with the relatively rare BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations that put them at substantially higher risk of a new cancer but also in women with early stage cancer who don’t carry the mutations.

Experts say some women are terrified their healthy breast will become cancerous and eventually kill them, even though the risk is extremely low for most, and that the growing number of celebrities speaking openly about their own double mastectomies may be making some women fear they aren’t doing enough if they don’t opt for the same radical procedure.

Read the full, original story: More women opting for double mastectomies

Outbreak
Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Talking Biotech
Genetics Unzipped
can you boost your immune system to prevent coronavirus spread x

Video: How to boost your immune system to guard against COVID and other illnesses

Scientists have recently developed ways to measure your immune age. Fortunately, it turns out your immune age can go down ...
mag insects image superjumbo v

Disaster interrupted: Which farming system better preserves insect populations: Organic or conventional?

A three-year run of fragmentary Armageddon-like studies had primed the journalism pumps and settled the media framing about the future ...
dead bee desolate city

Are we facing an ‘Insect Apocalypse’ caused by ‘intensive, industrial’ farming and agricultural chemicals? The media say yes; Science says ‘no’

The media call it the “Insect Apocalypse”. In the past three years, the phrase has become an accepted truth of ...
globalmethanebudget globalcarbonproject cropped x

Infographic: Cows cause climate change? Agriculture scientist says ‘belching bovines’ get too much blame

A recent interview by Caroline Stocks, a UK journalist who writes about food, agriculture and the environment, of air quality ...
organic hillside sweet corn x

Organic v conventional using GMOs: Which is the more sustainable farming?

Many consumers spend more for organic food to avoid genetically modified products in part because they believe that “industrial agriculture” ...
benjamin franklin x

Are most GMO safety studies funded by industry?

The assertion that biotech companies do the research and the government just signs off on it is false ...
gmo corn field x

Do GMO Bt (insect-resistant) crops pose a threat to human health or the environment?

Bt is a bacterium found organically in the soil. It is extremely effective in repelling or killing target insects but ...
favicon

Environmental Working Group: EWG challenges safety of GMOs, food pesticide residues

Known by some as the "Environmental Worrying Group," EWG lobbies for tighter GMO legislation and famously puts out annual "dirty dozen" list of fruits and ...
m hansen

Michael Hansen: Architect of Consumers Union ongoing anti-GMO campaign

Michael K. Hansen (born 1956) is thought by critics to be the prime mover behind the ongoing campaign against agricultural biotechnology at Consumer Reports. He is an ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend