Rachel Weidner
Rachel Weidner

I think having a double mastecomy in fear of having a gene for breast cancer is a little extreme. Now if one already has/had cancer in one breast and wants to remove the possibility of getting it in the other then its a little more understandable. But then who am I to judge? If the person deciding on the surgery thinks its best for them..... then more power to them! Its their body not mine.

Judith Escalona
Judith Escalona

Personally, I would not have done it, probability statistics notwithstanding. The subject is a complex one and calls into question or rather discussion culturally bound medical practices, culturally defined attitudes and thoughts about our bodies, and risk management practices -- which is also culturally determined. Genes, as the latest research has shown, are not fixed but fluid or malleable.
According to Emily Deans, M.D., a researcher in evolutionary psychiatry: "The science of...

Personally, I would not have done it, probability statistics notwithstanding. The subject is a complex one and calls into question or rather discussion culturally bound medical practices, culturally defined attitudes and thoughts about our bodies, and risk management practices -- which is also culturally determined. Genes, as the latest research has shown, are not fixed but fluid or malleable.
According to Emily Deans, M.D., a researcher in evolutionary psychiatry: "The science of epigenetics explains a lot (and leaves us with a lot of questions too). It turns out that genes can be silenced or turned on depending on how we live, and how we are treated. The body is not just a complicated jelly bag of enzymes and muscle and protein regulation; the very genetic material that directs all the regulation can change shape and redirect what goes on in the first place. So our genes regulate our proteins, but our proteins also regulate our genes."

Terri Jolly
Terri Jolly

Although I respect any woman's choice to have prophylactic mastectomies, I think it is a radical decision made out of fear. I think that Angelina's decision is going to scare a lot of women and cause undue concern.

Sean Mccrummen
Sean Mccrummen

Who are we to tell some one else what to do with their body? People out there r getting sex changes, and I don't see any e-mails ab

Carole Young
Carole Young

At the end of the day it has to be a personal choice! Also, I think it is about peace of mind and being able to get on with your life!

Amy Bromsen
Amy Bromsen

I believe your poll is misleading your readers. There is a difference between family history or fear of breast cancer, on the one hand, and having a genetic mutation such as BRACA1 or BRACA2 that raises the statistical probability of getting breast cancer to 70-90%. It is the genetic mutation that raises the probability, and therefore is not the same as cysts or other family incidents.

In addition, most health insurance--if you are one of the ever-decreasing number of Americans with health...

I believe your poll is misleading your readers. There is a difference between family history or fear of breast cancer, on the one hand, and having a genetic mutation such as BRACA1 or BRACA2 that raises the statistical probability of getting breast cancer to 70-90%. It is the genetic mutation that raises the probability, and therefore is not the same as cysts or other family incidents.

In addition, most health insurance--if you are one of the ever-decreasing number of Americans with health insurance--will not perform any preventive procedures. It is unconscionable that health insurance that will pay for breast cancer treatment once a women (or man) contracts the disease will not pay for its prevention. BRACA1 and BRACA2 also raise the incidence of ovarian cancer, which is normally rarely found until the disease is so far advanced that it cannot be successfully treated.

Diana Duda
Diana Duda

Only the patient and their doctor can make this decision. I, for one, side with Jolie's decision and consider her very brave to share this information with the rest of the world. Having seen the devastation that cancer can create within a family if one can stave off cancer, bravo. This surgery was not gone into lightly. I am sure Jolie and her doctor thought long and hard about the options and found it the best decision.

Jolie will still be beautiful woman and now knows her chances of...

Only the patient and their doctor can make this decision. I, for one, side with Jolie's decision and consider her very brave to share this information with the rest of the world. Having seen the devastation that cancer can create within a family if one can stave off cancer, bravo. This surgery was not gone into lightly. I am sure Jolie and her doctor thought long and hard about the options and found it the best decision.

Jolie will still be beautiful woman and now knows her chances of being here to care for her children for a long time much better. I wish her well.

Heather Crawford
Heather Crawford

Agreed with kathy my aunt Cindy had it and beat it she is my hero

Maria Roos
Maria Roos

Agreed

Belinda Petersen
Belinda Petersen

I feel it should be up to the women.

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