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PDF | Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2009-2010 

 

NPR Show | Double Mastectomies Up Even In Women Without Diagnosis Cancer

 

MSNBC |  Cancer study: Most don’t need double mastectomy

A new study by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that most women diagnosed with cancer in one breast have a very low risk of it occurring in the other breast, and therefore don’t necessarily need a double mastectomy. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

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What does this all mean?

Women have extreme fear about the diagnosis of cancer. They do not want to or simply can't handle the anxiety and assume removal of their female organs will create a sense of security. Women have a false notion that the cancer may spread from one breast to the other. More likely a breast cancer that does not respond to treatment or has been diagnosed at a late stage and is malignant will spread to lymph nodes, bone, bone marrow, liver, lungs, bone and brain. Source 

What are the actual risks?

A study shows that minimal risk of cancer exists after one breast has been treated and the benefit is no better than for a woman who never had cancer. 

Is there harm in having double mastectomy?

Yes! This may provide false sense of security. If a woman has a propensity to forming tumors, will these tumors form elsewhere? What about the risks all people take when undergoing surgery? What about the life long risk of lymphedema when the lymph system becomes damaged from surgery? 

What causes this generation of women to CHOOSE surgery?

Can we call the the "pink" generation, where every place you turn sends a message of caution and concern about catching this disease or saving women from this cancer? With increasing rates of diagnosis (1 out of 8 women) has fear pervaded our society? If a woman has cared for a friend or family member, or watched them slowly die from the disease or treatment, does this send more fear and worry that they could never live through such an event? Since younger and younger women are being diagnosed, do they fear of abandoning their children? Have they spoken to women and physicians who have explained that breast reconstruction can make them whole without the risks of cancer? For women who have not had a good relationship with their breasts to begin with, such as having too large or too small breast size think that this option gives them hope to create a new physical more perfect body? Has the fear of surgery totally disappeared from the mental landscape, instead being replaced by the desire for emotional security and trust in the medical procedures using modern technology? 

We need more surveys and more educational programs to explain to women the risks and benefits of double mastectomy.

 

  • Twenty percent out of 1500 women who had already been treated for early-stage cancer chose to remove both breasts. 

  • The medical community has decided that a diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ or DCIS, stage zero breast cancer may not be considered cancer at all.

  • For 1.5% of women with the genetic mutation called BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 and another 8 percent who have a strong family history, which means two or more immediate relatives who've had breast or ovarian cancer, considering the procedure to remove both breasts seems reasonable. 

Interview With Mark Simon

Homeopathy and Cancer

HOUSTON— International Journal of Oncology published a study showing homeopathic remedies have a beneficial effect on breast cancer cells (2010 Feb;36(2):395-403).Researchers conducted an in vitro study to determine if products prescribed by a clinic in India have any effect on breast cancer cell lines. They studied four ultra-diluted remedies (Carcinosin, Phytolacca, Conium and Thuja) against two human breast adenocarcinoma cell lines (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231) and a cell line derived from immortalized normal human mammary epithelial cells (HMLE).

The remedies exerted preferential cytotoxic effects against the two breast cancer cell lines, causing cell cycle delay/arrest and apoptosis. These effects were accompanied by altered expression of the cell cycle regulatory proteins, including downregulation of phosphorylated Rb and upregulation of the CDK inhibitor p27, which were likely responsible for the cell cycle delay/arrest as well as induction of the apoptotic cascade that manifested in the activation of caspase 7 and cleavage of PARP in the treated cells. The findings demonstrated biological activity of these natural products when presented at ultra-diluted doses.

Moshe Frenkel, M.D., lead researcher and associate professor at the University of Texas and the medical director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, said:  “We felt homeopathy needed to be tested in the same way we test new chemotherapeutic drugs. We were quite impressed to find homeopathic remedies have similar effects to chemotherapy on breast cancer cells but without affecting normal cells, a very exciting finding. As far as we know, this is the first study that evaluated the effect of homeopathic remedies on breast cancer cells."

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