Age is inevitable and the effects of gravity…breast cancer should not be…
A new poll finds cancer prevention and public figures (aka Angelina Jolie’s Breast Surgery) undergoing the once privately discussed procedures are actually helping other women make long term decisions about their own breast health. The study shifts the ideas from responsive breast removal and reconstruction to a preventative care through genetic counseling. This finding is opening options to women. Including preventive removal and augmentation in the same procedure. And better justified through a a likelihood through a testing for gene predisposition. Doctors working together can then apply a holistic approach to prevention for those women most at risk and wiling to change and aesthetically upgrade simultaneously. The full study: News Coverage of Angelina Jolie’s Breast Surgery Boosted Awareness of Options
“Since the actress went public, women know more about their choices for breast removal and reconstruction, poll finds.”
The headline itself implies a sort of demystifying effect on many, yet the numbers stagger at how unaware women have been of preventative measures and perhaps how life preserving a double mastectomy and augmentation performed together can become.
“Researchers conducted online surveys with 1,000 women before and after Jolie went public about her surgeries. After her announcement, 4 percent more women were aware that reconstructive breast surgery is possible after one or both breasts are removed. In addition, 11 percent more women were aware that breast reconstruction can be done using a woman’s own tissue, and 19 percent more were aware that reconstruction can be done during the breast-removal operation.”
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in full swing this October, let’s consider the new preventive care options and ensure that all women have an educated choice in their breast health.
Dr. Singh offers free consultations for prospective patients and encourages regular mammograms and the predispositional genetic testing before discussing elective surgery.