Kathy Holik
Kathy Holik

This is a personal decision made by an individual who is given the options, evaluates them and makes a decision for themselves. It is no one elses business what decision an individual makes.

Gary Holik
Gary Holik
  • Kathy Holik

Agreed!!!

Pat Weatherbee Paananen
Pat Weatherbee Paananen
  • Kathy Holik

I agree with Kathy. No one can make that decision for you. I don't think anyone really knows what they would do until they are actually in that situation.

Judy Mendenhall
Judy Mendenhall
  • Kathy Holik

Agreed. I lost breastsm but not by choice!

Linda Belmont
Linda Belmont
  • Kathy Holik

We cannot possibly put ourselves in this difficult position. It is most certainly a personal decision and the opinions of strangers mean absolutely nothing.

Darrell Washington
Darrell Washington
  • Kathy Holik

I agree with Kathy 100%!

Lisa Partridge
Lisa Partridge
  • Kathy Holik

Agreed Kathy

Celeste Aurorean
Celeste Aurorean
  • Kathy Holik

agreed, never would have thought I'd make this choice for a Double M, but here I am preparing for surgery on tuesday...........

Kathleen Parangi
Kathleen Parangi
  • Kathy Holik

I agree I don't believe I could be a part of a decision making process that does not directly include the person this would affect. God bless and help you in your time of need, and I pray that the best decision will be revealed and accepted with courage and faith.

Tammy Kemmerlin Platt
Tammy Kemmerlin Platt
  • Kathy Holik

Kathy, that is exactly what I was thinking. My sister had breast cancer and made her own decision, and she is fine now, thank God.

Betsey Bergen
Betsey Bergen

It should be a personal decision made by the individual.

Sandra Winters
Sandra Winters
  • Betsey Bergen

You are so very right it is our decision an that is how i see it hope we never have to have anyone else go through this nasty Cancer .. i pray for all of the suffering from cancer to be long gone soon ..

John Hildebrandt
John Hildebrandt

It must be a very difficult decision to make. Talking to close family members and a qualified doctor , must be done to help a woman make the choice. I feel for the woman that needs it, but if her health is at stake - please do it.

Gina Cote
Gina Cote
  • John Hildebrandt

Yes. Than you

Carol V Place
Carol V Place

I believe there are other ways to prevent getting cancer since the genes are already in everyones body. Eating healthy foods and seeking the reason why in certain people the cancer becomes active would be more profitable than having your breasts removed.

Carol Jamison
Carol Jamison
  • Carol V Place

Carol, one can do everything just right, eating, exercise, weight management, and on and on and on, and still get cancer. It is one of the messages my cancer nutritionist gave to me. I had one breast removed as it had cancer in two locations. The other breast was fine. However, I have to go back every six months to get it checked, and that is always scary. There have been additional biopsies. I have sometimes wondered if it would have been better to have both removed, and get rid of...

Carol, one can do everything just right, eating, exercise, weight management, and on and on and on, and still get cancer. It is one of the messages my cancer nutritionist gave to me. I had one breast removed as it had cancer in two locations. The other breast was fine. However, I have to go back every six months to get it checked, and that is always scary. There have been additional biopsies. I have sometimes wondered if it would have been better to have both removed, and get rid of the worry as well. Having cancer in one breast predisposes a woman to having cancer in the other breast. It is a decision every woman should make for herself, with the help of her team of doctors, her family, and anyone else she chooses to include. What I would say to you is to please avoid telling people that they will not get cancer if they do everything right. I am a prime example that your statement is NOT true.

Melissa Klopp
Melissa Klopp

IN MY CASE I HAD AN "INFILTRATING CARCINOMA", SO WE DECIDED ON RADICAL DOUBLE MASTECTOMY. MY THOUGHTS..WHY GO THRU CHEMO/RADIATION ALL OVER AGAIN ,, "JUST IN CASE" IT COME BACK....BETTER TO GET THE PAIN ALL DONE AT ONCE. A TRAM FLAP RECONSTRUCTION WAS MY LIFESAVER TOO....NOTHING FAKE OR FOREIGN IN MY BODY!

Gina Cote
Gina Cote
  • Melissa Klopp

Good for u.

Carmel Cecur McHale
Carmel Cecur McHale

As explained by an oncologist, just because you contract the disease in one breast, doesn't mean you get it in the other. It can go to another part of the body instead, like the lungs. I can understand all possibilities/thoughts, but it should really be up to the person to decide, but only after they have been given all the facts.

Iris Walls
Iris Walls
  • Carmel Cecur McHale

I understand what your oncologist has told you, but the fact is that if ONE of your breasts has been subjected to cancer, then your same hormones could then affect the other side

Cherri Brunskill-Prenot

I chose to have both removed because that was the right choice for me. Going through what I did once was enough to last me a lifetime.

Victoria Hayward
Victoria Hayward
  • Cherri Brunskill-Prenot

understood totally - but you were diagnosed already when you made this decision - not having this mastectomy basically "for fear" you may one day be diagnosed - big difference

Lisa Robbins
Lisa Robbins

As a carrier of the BRACA2 mutant gene I had to make a hard decision, namely the removal of my ovaries to reduce the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, I am only 44 so the decision was a difficult one for me. It is an personal decision that can only be made by the individual as it is our bodies, our choice. As for the removal of my breasts...I'm keeping them! Detection of breast cancer is far more advanced and 6 monthly mamograms and MRI will pick up an anomalies. Breast cancer is no longer a death sentence.

Dianne Phillips
Dianne Phillips
  • Lisa Robbins

When are you having this done? Well done for making the decision

Lisa Robbins
Lisa Robbins
  • Lisa Robbins

Hey Dianne Phillips I had it done in September, so now I'm

Lisa Robbins
Lisa Robbins
  • Lisa Robbins

Now I'm having all the dramas that menopausal women have... Oh what fun

David Emerson
David Emerson

A genetic predisposition toward any cancer is only predisposition. Studies have shown that genetic expression can be altered. Studies also show that a variety of foods, supplements and lifestyle choices effect how genes express themselves.

http://peoplebeatingcancer.org/search/node/genetic%20expression

http://peoplebeatingcancer.org/search/node/breast%20cancer%20curcumin

David Emerson

Melissa Pak
Melissa Pak
  • David Emerson

Thanks for sharing, David! I agree. There are other, less drastic preventative measure that can be taken.

Bill Fleming
Bill Fleming
  • David Emerson

You are correct. Anyone carrying the gene that is the precursor to breast cancer is not guaranteed to get it. It requires a stressor to for the cancer. For example, estrogen based birth control. Estrogen, induced beyond natural levels, will enable the cancer if exposed to it for a prolonged period of time. If someone is predisposed they need to be aware of the stressors and avoid them. There are countless women predisposed to breast cancer that will never have to deal with the horror of the disease because they are not applying the stressors.

Kitty Plourde
Kitty Plourde
  • David Emerson

Would you all be willing to take that risk??

Isabel Brooks
Isabel Brooks
  • David Emerson

there are less drastic measures its true. but when you are the one with it growing in side you... you dont care about what you look like, you just want to LIVE to see tomorrow!

Monica Spangenberg
Monica Spangenberg

I am wondering about the accuracy of the test, and whether or not it has improved from the 60-something percent it was 12 yrs ago. I am also curious whether or not Miss Jolie plans on having her ovaries rmoved, as well, since she has a high chance of getting that, according to what she stated. What fries me is that, with all of the rapid developments in technology, women still have to subject themselves to mashing their breasts every year, for a procedure that is still only 40% accurate at...

I am wondering about the accuracy of the test, and whether or not it has improved from the 60-something percent it was 12 yrs ago. I am also curious whether or not Miss Jolie plans on having her ovaries rmoved, as well, since she has a high chance of getting that, according to what she stated. What fries me is that, with all of the rapid developments in technology, women still have to subject themselves to mashing their breasts every year, for a procedure that is still only 40% accurate at finding tumors. I guarantee that, if men had to have their testicles squished once a year, a less painful detection technology would be developed! Also, even though pelvic ultrasounds aren't completely accurate, having one done annually just might detect ovarian tumors. Of course, just TRY and get insurance companies to pay for THAT one! I applaud Miss Jolie for putting aside vanity to hopefully assure a cancer-free future.

Mary M Yahnker
Mary M Yahnker
  • Monica Spangenberg

I have often complained about mammograms and the way they are done...no more, as a tumor too small to be felt was found on my routine mammogram last October. After lumpectomy and radiation oncogene typing was done to see whether or not I would need chemotherapy, that came back as high risk for recurrence and I am now getting chemo. If the recommendation had been mastectomy, believe me, I would have had a double mastectomy as my life is far more important than my breasts.

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