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Preventive Mastectomy

4 Reasons Why I Don't Want To Lose My Breasts

Debra Jenkins | Posted 01.31.2015 | Women
Debra Jenkins

Somehow, I had the impression that an elective mastectomy was different, less invasive than one performed when cancer is present. I convinced myself that the surgery would be more like the cosmetic breast reduction I had four years ago.

Some Women Undergo Unnecessary Double Mastectomies

Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living

By Lauren Cahoon Roberts, Contributing writer Published: 09/16/2013 09:12 PM EDT on LiveScience "If Angelina Jolie did it, shouldn't I do the sa...

Brave and Crazy: Preventive Mastectomy and Insurance

Erin Havel | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Havel

I don't know what choice I would personally make if I had this genetic predisposition. I can see both decisions as valid. I do however, have some questions about if I, as a non-celebrity, would have the same options Angelina Jolie and Melissa Etheridge had.

Ask the Mutant: Girl Fight -- Who Is the Brave One?

Eva Moon | Posted 08.24.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

Emotional battle lines were recently drawn when Melissa Etheridge, who has had breast cancer, said that Angelina Jolie, who has not had cancer, did not make "the brave choice" when having preventive surgery because of her BRCA1 status.

Understanding Angelina Jolie's Choices

Stephanie Bender | Posted 08.07.2013 | Fifty
Stephanie Bender

A myth, as inaccurate and dangerous as any that pervades American society, is that women enter menopause as if falling off a cliff.

The Choice

Mark E. Robson, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Women
Mark E. Robson, M.D.

I have been involved in research in this area for 17 years, since shortly after BRCA1 and BRCA2 were discovered, and I have no idea what I would do if I were a woman faced with this decision. The diagnosis of a mutation is just words on paper, but the risks they foreshadow are very real.

WATCH: Why I Got A Preventive Mastectomy At 21

Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living

Following Angelina Jolie's announcement on Monday that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy, Abby Huntsman hosted a HuffPost Live segment ...

Breast Cancer Risk: Jolie Way Is Not the Only Way

Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Science
Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D.

Celebrities often set trends: they show us what to wear, create hairstyles, and inspire tattoos. But when it comes to your health it is important to know the facts before joining a trend.

Catherine Pearson

A Family History Of Breast Cancer May Not Seal Your Fate

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.08.2012 | Healthy Living

Dr. Christine Teal had never been flagged for suspicious lumps in her breasts, nor had she tested positive for mutations in the breast cancer suscepti...