I was a guest on Patt Morrison’s show on March 18 on the Southern California Public Radio Station KPCC.

Morrison asked me to come on her show to talk about a study published recently in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that found that in most women having a healthy breast removed doesn’t affect long-term survival. Listen to the interview. Then join the discussion below. I’m eager to hear what you think.

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3 Responses to Can Removing a Breast Prevent Breast Cancer?

  1. Donna says:

    Is that true for women with a mutation on the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene?

  2. Anna Mus says:

    Just once, I’d like to see recognition in a discussion of contralateral mastectomy that some women do it not just so they “won’t have to go through this horror ever again”, but also for cosmetic reasons! Reconstructive surgery isn’t acceptable to many women, I preferred just to go flat-chested altogether. Since I couldn’t keep one of my breasts, the best of the poor choices seemed to me to take them both off so I’d be symmetrical. No prosthetics, no more bras, no bouncing or sagging. I wouldn’t have chosen to lose them, but it’s not so bad!

  3. Anne Docherty says:

    I just makes perfect sense to me that if you remove the breast tissue you are less likely to get a recurrence of the breast cancer. This is not a medically backed statement of course. But that’s why women with the BRCA1 & BRCA2 genes have preventative mastectomies.
    Cancer is hard, but misinformation is harder.

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