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4 Reasons Why I Don't Want To Lose My Breasts
Special needs advocate, mother of an addict in recovery, blogg...
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
Amanda L. Chan
Brave and Crazy: Preventive Mastectomy and Insurance
Author, 'The Malformation of Health Care'
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?
Writer, Performance artist
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
Author, "End Your Menopause Misery"
A myth, as inaccurate and dangerous as any that pervades American society, is that women enter menopause as if falling off a cliff.
Mark E. Robson, M.D.
Attending Physician, Clinic Director, Clinical Genetics Servic...
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
Breast Cancer Risk: Jolie Way Is Not the Only Way
Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D.
Principal lecturer, University of Greenwich; Author, 'Why Mill...
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.
A Family History Of Breast Cancer May Not Seal Your Fate
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