Preventative Mastectomy: The Procedure's Rates Are on the Rise, But Why? by Dr. Shayna Mancuso

Cancer Women's Health
6 years ago

Preventative Mastectomy: The Procedure's Rates Are on the Rise, But Why?

Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a preventative mastectomy due to her genetic predisposition to breast cancer brought this subject into the spotlight in 2013. Today, a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego, discovered that fear of cancer recurrence was the primary reason patients chose a preventative mastectomy, also known as a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). The rate of CPM has doubled in the past 10 years, despite unclear evidence of its benefit.

CPM is a procedure in which patients with early stage breast cancer in one breast opt to remove both breasts. The researchers also discovered that patients believe CPM is the best treatment for their cancer. The patients also stated that CPM was being recommended to them to optimize cosmetic reconstruction. This unique study may provide physicians with a better understanding of patients' fears and beliefs, and doctors may work closely with their patients to clear up any misconceptions.

When discussing treatment options with your doctor, keep the following in mind:

  • Be well informed – know the facts!
  • Discuss your family history and past medical history with your doctor.
  • Discuss all risks and benefits of the surgery with your treatment team, including options regarding breast reconstruction.
  • If you are a low-risk patient, discuss your options for early detection and risk reduction.
  • Talk about your fears and concerns with your doctor. Ultimately, what matters most is having a sense of peace regarding your medical decisions.

You can read more about this study here

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

Janie Hollingsworth
Great information. Thank you!!!!!!!
Kelly Huetteman Scott
This was such great info on a subject I sadly knew nothing about. Thanks doc XO
Judy Thow
Great information for all ages. A friend at 71 just discovered she has breast cancer. Don't become complacent about your health check ups.
Dr. Shayna Mancuso
Very true, Judy! This terrible disease touches 1 in 8 women at this point. .
Thanks for providing this great info espevilly during breast cancer awareness month. So timely!
Cassie Carver
A lot of info in packaged perfectly!
Amy Douglass
Great info as I have so many friends going through this!
Megan Engelberg
Great information on a really important topic !
Gail Mancuso
Great info on such an important topic, thanks!
Elisa Schmitz
This is such a vitally important topic, and one that many people don't understand. Thank you for breaking it down so it's easy to comprehend and take action. We are so thrilled to welcome you to our tribe, Dr. Shayna Mancuso!
Such a personal decision for women, best to arm ourselves with reliable and comprehensive information - thank you!
Thank you for shining a light on an often confusing subject!
Meredith Schneider
Great information on such an extremely important topic for all of us.
Such an interesting topic, Dr Mancuso! Thank you for sharing .
This is interesting and helpful to know!

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