Ladies, if you’re going to visit a doc to talk about your breast cancer risk, make sure you dress appropriately.
I recommend chainmail armor!
New research shows how women are being conned left and right — literally — into “preventive” double mastectomies, as surgeons use genetic tests to manipulate them into getting both breasts removed even when they DON’T have cancer.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the “breast cancer” genes BRCA 1 and 2 that have led some women such as Angelina Jolie to have both breasts removed.
But this isn’t about those mutations.
The new study finds nearly HALF of the women who have a preventive mastectomy after genetic tests DON’T have BRCA 1 and 2. They have other mutations that are officially “UNKNOWN” but are likely harmless at least 90 percent of the time, statistically speaking.
A genetic counselor could’ve told them that.
But half of the women didn’t speak to one, despite the fact that it’s supposed to happen 100 percent of the time.
Instead, they trusted a surgeon to help them make decisions… so much that 70 percent of the time, they didn’t even get a second opinion.
What a mistake!
Yet somehow, the researchers behind the new study are blaming “women and their doctors” for all of these unnecessary mastectomies.
C’mon. You’d have to be nuts to blame the women.
This is clearly being driven by those DOCTORS!
If they were GOOD docs, they’d explain what “unknown” results really mean on these tests and push them toward genetic counseling.
They’d also say very clearly that there’s not a shred of evidence nor a single guideline that recommends preventive mastectomies in these cases.
And they’d reassure these women that they could still keep an eye on things and act IF any sign of the disease popped up.
Instead, they’re sharpening the scalpels as soon as the test results come in, knowing full well they can manipulate the word “unknown” to lay the seeds of doubt and fear.
And nothing… but NOTHING… sells needless surgeries like doubt and fear.
Don’t fall for the doubt, and don’t give into the fear.
The definition of “UNKNOWN” hasn’t secretly changed overnight. It’s means it’s not known — and nothing to get worked up over, especially since there’s a nine in 10 chance it’s meaningless.
If that’s the result of your test, you don’t have to let some scheming surgeon make a quick buck off you with a procedure you’ll have to live with the rest of your left
Work instead with a naturopathic doc who can give you the FULL story about what risks you might be facing and the steps you can take to reduce them.