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HER Health Minute - Is The Mastectomy An Overused Procedure To Treat Breast Cancer?

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In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Health Minute", Dr. Johanna DiStefano discusses a study that shows that the mastectomy, a procedure used to treat breast cancer, may or may not be over used by some doctors.

I'm Dr. Johanna DiStefano, and this is HER Health Minute.

New research may calm medical concerns that the mastectomy is over used. According to the American Medical Association, results from a survey of 2,000 women with stage zero, one, or two breast cancer 75% chose the less invasive lumpectomy procedure, which conserves the breast.

Of those women, more than 60% did not require additional surgery.

26% of those patients did need a second lumpectomy but only 12% needed a mastectomy.

Some doctors worry that women were opting for an unnecessary mastectomy to avoid additional surgeries.

While breast cancer remains the most common form of cancer for women the disease is highly treatable, especially if caught early.

I'm Dr. Johanna DiStefano, and this has been HER Health Minute.

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As a two time breast cancer patient, If I had known back in 2008 what I know now, I would have gladly had a mastectomy. Lumpectomy, chemo and radiation did not stop this cancer from coming back. Radiation ruins your skin, Im still dealing with healing issues after 2 months post mastectomy. I truly think this is such a personal issue, and one the patient needs to truly investigate and research before she makes her decision. If your drs. are truly professional they will respect your wishes.q

October 8, 2011 - 7:05pm
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