Tuesday, June 2, 2009


In this article on ScienceDaily.com I have found out that many women are choosing to have both breast removed to rid the cancer. The proper term for the surgery is contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). The article article argues about the reasons women should not opt for such drastic procedures due to the fact that breast cancer rarely ever spreads to the second breast. The process is irreversible and does not sustain overrall survival. Doctors are trying to figure out why women are often leaning toward this procedure and are trying to find and give women different options other than a double mastectomy.
Researchers have done studies and found out that over the years of 1998 and 2003 the percentage of women having CPM has increased 11 percent. I think women are having this opertion more because honestly it's just wierd to have one breast. To take away a womens nature is devastating enough, so it seems to me like they just want to rid of all the pain. The article states that white women with lobular cancers are more likely to have CPM. The reasons Doctors and researchers are finding for the reason women are having this procedure is because of more awareness
of breast cancer and more testing of BRCA genes. Also the improved procedure to reconstruct breast and implants persuade women to have both breasts removed at the same time.
Since women with breast cancer are vulnerable, the article says that women will make the decision to have the procedure. I think that women should make more rational decisions. Although it may be necessary for some women; great time and deep thought should be put in before making such a decision.

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